UNGA stresses its responsibilities towards Sahrawi people, solution must be based on exercise of self-determination

New York, 14 December 2019 (SPS) – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on approved a new resolution affirming its responsibilities towards the Sahrawi people and its inalienable right to self-determination.

The United Nations General Assembly, as responsible for decolonization issues, renews the position of the international community that does not recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara at a time when France is trying from within the Security Council to change the legal nature of the Sahrawi issue to prevent the Sahrawi people from their independence and sovereignty over their ancestral lands in clear conspiracy with the Moroccan occupier.

The unanimous vote by the UN General Assembly, which includes 193 countries, reflects the international community’s adherence to legitimacy in the issue of Western Sahara, on which this resolution was adopted today as an issue of decolonization.

It should be noted that the Fourth Committee approved this resolution in October, under the theme “Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.”

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‘Blood phosphate’ imports from Western Sahara may prompt illegal port strikes – union in New Zealand

rnz.co.nz .- Fertiliser companies importing so-called “blood phosphate” from Western Sahara could face illegal strike action by port workers in future, warn unions.

A ship chartered by Ravensdown, the Federal Crimson, is currently unloading the last of 51 tonnes of phosphate at Port Chalmers, after earlier docking in Napier and Lyttleton.

At each port, it has been boarded by members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union, who have handed protest letters to the captain.

Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients import about $30 million worth of phosphate each year from Western Sahara.

Western Sahara is a piece of desert land of a similar size to New Zealand. It was a Spanish colony but was taken over by Morocco in 1975, a move condemned by the United Nations.

Union organiser John Kerr said he was “hopeful” the companies would find alternative sources – but if they did not, union members could take more drastic action next time. Read more

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