Portuguese Government reaffirms its support for a solution that allows the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara

PUSL.- The Portuguese Government in response to the question posed by the parliamentary group of the PAN (Animal People and Nature) party last January on the current situation in the occupied territories of Western Sahara after the end of the ceasefire (https://porunsaharalibre.org/2021/01/08/pan-party-questions-portuguese-government-on-western-sahara/?lang=en), reaffirmed its support for a solution that allows the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.

“Portugal continues to monitor with concern the situation in the Western Sahara, in particular accusations of violations of the ceasefire occurred recently in the buffer zone in the Guerguerat area. Portugal supports the efforts of the United Nations Secretary-General and his Special Representative and Chief of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), with a view to resolving the conflict, under the terms of the mandate granted by Resolution 2548, approved by the United Nations Security Council on October 30,
2020.

(https://www.parlamento.pt/ActividadeParlamentar/Paginas/DetalhePerguntaRequerimento.aspx?BID=119945)

The Portuguese position on Western Sahara is based on the defense of a fair, lasting and mutually acceptable solution that allows the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, in the framework of the negotiations led by the UN, resolutions of the UN Security Council and the principles of the Charter of the United Nations,

Accordingly, Portugal has maintained an open dialogue, equidistant and balanced on the Western Sahara issue with all the parties, including with the Kingdom of Morocco, with representatives of the Polisario Front, as well as other states in the region.

As Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Portugal will work hard to promote security, stability and development in the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, valuing the efforts of the UN and regional organizations in the search for long-term political solutions. Thus, in line with the objectives defined in the Presidency Program, Portugal will seek to ensure that the situation in Western Sahara continues to be adequately monitored with all
instances of the Council of the European Union, “