Algiers, 02 Oct 2023 (SPS) A delegation from the Algerian National Committee of Solidarity with the Saharawi People (CNASPS) went to New York, as part of the 78th United Nations General Assembly, to petition the members of the 4th Committee, responsible for special political issues and decolonisation, on the subject of the conflict in Western Sahara, its president, Saïd Ayachi, said in a statement on Sunday.
“The Algerian delegates will plead for the effective and rapid organisation of the referendum on self-determination for the Saharawi people, as recommended and recognised by international law, and as repeatedly declared by the Security Council”, reads the press release.
They will “denounce the colonialist enterprise of the Moroccan regime in Western Sahara, its repeated and blatant violations of human rights against peaceful Sahrawi civilians, the shameless plundering of Sahrawi natural resources, the degrading situation of Sahrawi political prisoners in Moroccan jails, and will denounce the multiple impediments of the Kingdom of Morocco to the political process led by the UN in the conflict in Western Sahara”, the same source adds.
On this occasion, “the CNASPS delegation will also denounce the violation of the ceasefire by Moroccan occupation troops in Western Sahara, the resumption of armed (fighting), and the resulting instability and insecurity throughout the region”.
The CNASPS delegation was joined by members of parliament who made the same plea, “thus forming the Algerian delegation which expresses a strong message of solidarity with the just struggle of the Saharawi people, and which reflects Algeria’s constant position against all forms of occupation and colonialism”, the press release concluded.
It should be noted that the 4th Committee will begin its general debate on Monday as part of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, under the chairmanship of the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, Mathu Joyini.
On Thursday, the 4th Committee approved its timetable and programme of work for the 78th session of the General Assembly, which includes 27 meetings between 28 September and 9 November, one more than last year.
The Committee will begin its consideration of the substantive items before it on Monday, the date of the opening of its general debate on decolonisation, including information on Non-Self-Governing Territories and the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonised Countries and Peoples.
It has received some 215 requests for hearings from petitioners from Western Sahara, the British Virgin Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and the US Virgin Islands, according to the UN website.