In a Letter to the SC, South Africa reiterates that the solution to the question of Western Sahara lies in respecting international legality and the resolutions passed by the Security Council

New York, November 17, 2020 (SPS) – In a letter addressed to the Presidency of the Security Council by the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations and distributed to members of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, South Africa renewed its firm conviction that the solution to the question of Western Sahara resides in respecting international legality and that the parties act in accordance with the resolutions approved by the Security Council and international standards.

South Africa reiterated that the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is a founding state and a full member of the African Union, established on July 9, 2002.

In this regard, South Africa said that “its approach to the issue of Western Sahara is based on the position of the African Union and the United Nations, which continue to view the issue of Western Sahara as a matter of decolonization.”

“South Africa, given its own history of colonization and institutionalized racial segregation under the apartheid system, stands in solidarity with countries that have experienced colonialism and occupation.”

To that end, the letter explains, “South Africa has consistently supported the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, based on the decisions of the African Union and the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council on the issue.”

In the same context, South Africa clarified that it supports the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, whose main mandate, established in Security Council resolution 690 (1991) and all subsequent resolutions, is to hold a referendum. free and fair on the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.

In line with the position of the African Union, South Africa called on the parties to resume negotiations urgently, in good faith and without preconditions, under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General, whose Security Council is responsible for the issue in order to reach a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.