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(SPS) – The President of the Republic and Secretary General of the POLISARIO Front, Mr. Brahim Ghali, said that “Moroccan intransigence and its violation of international law will only lead to further escalation and instability in the region.”

During his inaugural speech at the Seventh Ordinary Session of the National Secretariat, Ghali renewed “the willingness of the Polisario Front to engage in genuine cooperation with the efforts of the United Nations to put an end to the process of decolonisation of the last colony in Africa, reaffirming that the resolution of the conflict cannot leave the framework clearly designed to guarantee the inalienable and non-negotiable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence, like all colonial countries and peoples in the world”.

In this respect, Ghali called on the Security Council to “assume its responsibility by putting an end to the intransigence and imprudence shown by the Moroccan occupying state, which will only lead, as has been repeatedly warned, to an increase in tension and even to an explosion in the security situation in the region”.

Moreover, the President of the Republic reiterated, “the readiness of the Saharawi party to cooperate with neighbouring countries to confront all subversive plans and agendas which threaten regional peace and security”.

Underlining the important role played by the Saharawi People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in the continuing struggle for dignity and freedom of the Saharawi people, Ghali assured that “we are in a new decisive phase, full of challenges and events characterised by the conspiracies and intrigues of the enemy, as well as their psychological wars, malicious alliances and manipulative propaganda, which aim to undermine the resistance of the Saharawi people, under the leadership of their legitimate and only representative, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia El Hamra and Rio de Oro (POLISARIO)”.

Full text of President Ghali’s speech (translation pusl)

In the name of the most merciful God, the most compassionate God

Sisters and brothers,

We open the seventh ordinary session of the National Secretariat, which will evaluate the phase between this and the previous session, with a view to identifying the most important axes for national action in the coming period, in the context of implementing the decisions of the 15th Congress of the Front, and the Government’s annual programme, but also in the light of the developments and demands that have followed the resumption of the armed struggle since 13 November 2020.

First of all, we must pay tribute and appreciation to all the masses of our people, in all their places of presence, who have not ceased for a moment to do their national duty, in a permanent, conscious and responsible response to national plans and programmes, noting with satisfaction the level of performance on the various fronts of combat action, both internally and externally, and the regularity of basic services.

Naturally, a special salute will go to the combatants of the Saharawi People’s Liberation Army, the creators of glory and the guardians of dignity, who fight against their enemies with courage and willingness to sacrifice and devotion, all of whom are determined to complete the task of liberation. Let us stand in a position of mercy, appreciation and reverence for the souls of our just and honoured martyrs, who generously gave their most precious asset, without hesitation, as redemption for their homeland and the dignity of their people.

At a time when we greatly appreciate the expressions of solidarity and support for the prisoners of Gdeim Izik and their families and all the heroes and heroines of the independence uprising, and call for their continuity, diversity and intensification, we salute the masses of our people in the occupied territory and in southern Morocco, who continue, defiantly and stubbornly, their courageous resistance to all forms of oppression, siege and grave human rights violations committed by the Moroccan occupying power.

Sisters and brothers,

During the past period, events have emerged which confirm that the Moroccan Zionist fight, not only against the Sahrawi people, but for the entire region and its peoples, represents a real and imminent threat to security, peace and stability in the region. We in the Polisario Front and the Sahrawi Republic must reach out to the peoples and countries of the region to confront all subversive schemes and agendas that attack them, and work to realise the hopes of our peoples for peace, stability and prosperity through compliance with the principles, Charter and resolutions of the United Nations and the African Union, in a spirit of mutual respect and good neighbourliness.

We must extend a special greeting, full of thanks, appreciation and gratitude, to Algeria, our brother country, to the people and Government under the leadership of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who continues to affirm his firm principled position, based on the principles of the glorious Revolution of the First of November and the demands of international legitimacy, as well as the struggle of the peoples and their inalienable right to self-determination and independence, among whom the Sahrawi people stand out.

We also renew to our sister Islamic Republic of Mauritania our sincere will to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood, friendship, neighbourly relations and common destiny, in order to serve legitimacy, justice, peace and stability in the region.

We also note with pride and courage the positions of support which the global solidarity movement clings to our just cause, on the European scene in general, and in Spain in particular, where we renew our condemnation of the shameful position of the President of the Spanish Government, in support of Moroccan illegal aggression and military occupation of our country, and reaffirm the legal, political and moral responsibility of the Spanish State, which does not fall under the statute of limitations, in relation to the decolonisation and self-determination of Western Sahara.

The Moroccan occupying power torpedoed the ceasefire agreement between the Saharawi and Moroccan armies, continues to obstruct the efforts of the international community to reach a just solution to the Western Sahara conflict and pursues a policy of aggression, expansion and violation of international law and international humanitarian law, both against defenceless Saharawi civilians and through colonial practices such as colonisation, plunder of natural resources or the organisation of political, economic, sporting, cultural or other activities and events in the occupied zones of the Saharawi Republic.

We in the Polisario Front, while renewing our genuine willingness to cooperate with the efforts of the United Nations to decolonise the last colony of Africa, affirm that any solution to the conflict cannot deviate from a clear and specific framework which guarantees the inalienable right of our people to self-determination and independence, like all colonial peoples and countries. We therefore call on the UN Security Council to assume its responsibility and put an end to this intransigence and recklessness on the part of the Moroccan occupying power, which will once again only lead the region to greater tension and even explosion.

It is a new stage, with its developments and challenges, but we have absolute confidence and complete certainty that our people, as in the past, will be up to the task of tackling it today, because all the enemy’s conspiracies and intrigues, and all his psychological warfare mischievous alliances and malicious propaganda will be destroyed on the rock of the well-established heroic national resistance of the people, determined to achieve their ends, united and organised within the framework of national unity and under the leadership of their only legitimate representative, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and the Rio de Oro.

With God’s blessing, we are opening the seventh ordinary session of the National Secretariat.

Struggle, firmness and sacrifice, to complete the sovereignty of the Saharawi state.

Thank you and peace be with you.