EW YORK, January 30, 2019 (SPS) -. Frente POLISARIO reiterated on Tuesday, in a statement after the appearance of Köhler before the Security Council to report on the situation in Western Sahara, its support for the UN political process and the defense of the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence.
For the Frente POLISARIO, the first round of peace talks on Western Sahara demonstrated that the status quo is not sustainable and is an obstacle to peace. In this regard, it hopes that with the current efforts of the Personal Envoy and the effective support of the Security Council, a just, peaceful and lasting solution will be found that will lead to a real process of self-determination in Western Sahara.
In that context, the representative of the POLISARIO before the United Nations, Dr. Sidi Mohamed Omar, underlined that the “Security Council must take advantage of the current momentum by taking concrete measures to guarantee the inalienable right of our people to self-determination, as they demand the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly. “
For this process to be successful, it is important that Council members work for peace and support for international law by taking measures that increase the chances of reaching a solution through negotiations between the Frente POLISARIO and Morocco. “We urge the members of the European Union, in particular, to reconsider their approach to this issue and support the United Nations Peace Operation in Western Sahara using trade as a positive incentive to reach a fair and lasting peace agreement. ”
The head of the Frente POLISARIO diplomacy at the United Nations urged members of the Security Council to support rapid and tangible progress in the political process towards the materialization of direct negotiations between the parties.
“We will continue to support the political process and defend the inalienable right of our people to self-determination and independence. To consolidate the credibility of this process in our people, it is essential that future rounds of peace talks lead to tangible results. The key to the progress of this peace process should be the Council’s support for an effective set of confidence-building measures, including the release of Saharawi prisoners illegally imprisoned by Morocco, the presence of human rights observers in the Occupied Zones. The end of the continuous violations of the ceasefire and the cessation of the sacking of the Sahrawi natural resources. ”
After thanking Horst Köhlerr for his commitment to re-launch the peace process in Western Sahara towards a more focused and substantive phase of direct negotiations between the Frente POLISARIO and Morocco, the POLISARIO has called on all members of the Security Council to redouble their efforts. efforts to support and provide the necessary tools and options to ensure Morocco’s full and constructive participation in the peace negotiations. “If there is the necessary political will, we trust that it is possible to find a just, peaceful and lasting solution that will lead to self-determination in Western Sahara.”
The Envoy of the SG of the UN for Western Sahara, the German Horst Kohler, met yesterday in New York to inform the Security Council about the situation of the peace process in Western Sahara and about the steps it intends to take in anticipation of the relaunch of the UN process.
It is expected that Köhler will meet in February with the parties to the conflict (Morocco and the Saharawi Republic) and the neighboring countries Algeria and Mauritania and will convene a new round table in March.