Seixal (Portugal), 19 November 2023 (SPS) -. The POLISARIO Front reaffirmed that there is no alternative to the solution of the conflict than the exercise by the Saharawi people of their right to self-determination and independence.
In the framework of the activities of the international symposium “Western Sahara and East Timor: struggle for self-determination and independence”, which took place in the Seixal Town Hall, Dr. Sidi Mohamed Omar, member of the National Secretariat, Polisario Front representative to the United Nations and coordinator of MINURSO, gave a speech in which he analysed the course of the decolonisation process in Western Sahara.
Speaking on the legal framework of the Saharawi question, the head of Saharawi diplomacy at the United Nations and coordinator with MINURSO, said that for almost 60 years, the United Nations has recognised the international status of Western Sahara as a question of decolonisation, while emphasising the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence.
During his extensive speech, he addressed the stages of initiation of the UN peace process in Western Sahara after the two parties to the conflict, the Polisario Front and Morocco, accepted the settlement plan and the establishment of the Security Council of the UN Mission for Western Sahara. Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) in order to organise a free and fair referendum in which the Saharawi people would choose, without military or administrative restrictions, between independence or accession to the occupying state, Morocco.
Indonesia in a free and democratic popular referendum under international supervision.
In conclusion, the Polisario Front representative at the United Nations and coordinator of MINURSO underlined that the international character of Western Sahara as a decolonisation issue on the UN agenda since 1963 is indisputable and, therefore, there is no alternative for the Saharawi people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence through a free and democratic referendum.