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Press release from Jean-Paul Lecoq

Donald Trump stabs multilateralism one last stab in the back, and he has chosen the Sahrawis as the victim.

In a unbearable momentum, Donald Trump chose yesterday to recognize the Moroccan character of Western Sahara in exchange for the normalization of relations between Morocco and Israel.

If this decision is absolutely dramatic for multilateralism, it at least makes it possible to remove the masks and to demonstrate in broad daylight the alliance of the oppressors of the peoples.
Israel and Morocco, these two countries which flout international law on a daily basis, are finally united by Trump, this American President who has done everything to destroy international solidarity during his mandate.

He will have weakened the hopes of one day seeing a Palestinian state by accepting all the desires, even the craziest of the far-right government of Benjamin Netanyahu, he cut the funds of UNESCO because this institution recognized Palestine as Member State, it cut the food of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, not to mention the “deal of the century” which consisted only in selling Palestine to Netanyahu and to the ultra-Orthodox settlers, to cut out the territory of Palestine to make it silent, and to have this validated by the Arab states in his boot, in the first row of which sits the little prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed Ben Salman, torturer of the Yemeni people.

Today, he continues this policy by inviting King Mohamed VI to do the same. The Moroccan head of state is therefore ridiculing himself by reestablishing his ties with Israel. He achieved the feat of spitting both in the face of the Palestinian people and in the face of the Saharawi people.

The last hope for this situation to change lies with Joe Biden’s team, which must not endorse this ultimate violation of international law by Donald Trump.

The President-elect must react strongly to this proposal and go back. It is not possible for a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to validate a Moroccan theory in violation of international law.

I therefore call on France and all the member states of the United Nations Security Council to meet urgently to demand an explanation from the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and to put an end to this injustice by demanding Morocco that it respect international law and urgently put in place a self-determination referendum for the Saharawi people, the last colonized people in Africa.