El Guerguarat: SADR calls on UN and AU to act against “brutal” aggression by Morocco

Bir Lahlou (Saharawi liberated territories), Nov 14, 2020 (SPS) The Polisario Front and the SADR government are launching an “urgent” appeal to the United Nations and the African Union to support the Saharawi people in their fight against the “brutal” aggression of Morocco and its violations of the ceasefire, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

In its reply, the Saharawi party denounced Morocco’s “unilateral decision” which “tramples its commitments and flouts all the principles and common human values ” and which consists of “persisting in its violations of the ceasefire when its armed forces took the initiative on Friday morning November 13 to cross, in the area of Guerguarat, the military wall which forms a dividing line between the invading Moroccan forces and the Saharawi army “.

She recalled that “the Moroccan invading forces gathered several days ago in flagrant violation of Military Agreement No.1”, under the pretext of wanting to open the illegal breach that peaceful demonstrators belonging to Saharawi civil society had closed as a “protest against the silence of the United Nations Mission and against Morocco’s relentless attempts to evade the commitments signed with the Saharawi side, under the supervision of the UN and the OAU / AU following 16 years of war and six years of negotiations leading to the 1991 Peace Agreement “.

Saharawi diplomacy noted that the “persistence of the Moroccan occupation in important parts of the SADR is explained by a blatant complicity within the Security Council”, giving evidence that the “presence of Morocco on the territory of the SADR is classified by the General Assembly of the United Nations as an illegal occupation (General Assembly Resolution 37/34 in 1979 and 35/19 in 1980) to which are added the Opinions issued by the International Court of Justice in 1975, by the European Court of Justice in 2016 and in 2018 as well as the Legal Opinions of the United Nations in 2002 and of the African Union in 2015 “.

“It is this odious complicity and contrary to international legality which is behind the attempts during two years, aimed at modifying the legal nature of the Sahrawi question as a question of decolonization which can only be resolved through the exercise by the Saharawi people of their inalienable right to self-determination and independence “, adds the Saharawi MFA.

Also, the “incapacity of the United Nations due to the obstruction within the Security Council prevented MINURSO from accomplishing the mission for which it had been created. Twenty-nine years of waiting for the referendum pushed the Saharawi people to lose confidence in the United Nations and in its Mission and to be unanimous on the fact that Morocco must be forced to respect the agreement concluded with the Polisario Front or to continue its liberation struggle by all legitimate means “, concludes the ministry.