Press release from the Front POLISARIO Representation for France.
In a press release published on Thursday, April 8, 2021, the presidential party, La République en Marche (LREM), “welcomes” the creation of an LREM committee in Dakhla city located according to them in the “southern provinces of Morocco” , while Dakhla or “VillaCisneros”, is part of the non-autonomous territory of Western Sahara illegally occupied by Morocco, and where war is raging.
This is a flagrant violation of the international status of Western Sahara, which is the responsibility of the United Nations, and which is the object of a process of decolonization, involving the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination, hindered until today by the Moroccan monarchy.
Should we remind the LREM party, that for the UN, Western Sahara does not come under the sovereignty or the administration of the Kingdom of Morocco which exercises there a brutal occupation and oppression against the legitimate beneficiary, the Saharawi people? The European Court of Justice, for its part, through its judgment of December 21, 2016, clearly stated that Morocco and Western Sahara are two separate and distinct territories.
By speaking of “Moroccan provinces” when it is a question of the non-autonomous territory of Western Sahara, the LREM party and its committee are guilty of a serious violation of the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination , therefore of a gross violation of international law.
The LREM party assumes, as a result of this act, a heavy responsibility by encouraging the occupation of Western Sahara and the violent repression against its people.
Unfortunately, when we read the words of the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, thanks to his meeting on April 8, with his Moroccan counterpart, it is to be feared that France will continue its policy which thwarts the advent of a just and lasting solution to the conflict in Western Sahara, for the damage of peace and security throughout the Maghreb.
Paris, April 10, 2021.