The minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, on Tuesday stressed Algeria’s constant position with respect to the question of Western Sahara, adding that Algeria will continue to call on the United Nations to fully fulfill its duty for Western Sahara people’s right to self-determination.
“Algeria is steadfast in its position and will continue to call on the UN to fulfil its full duty with regard to the right of the people of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) to self-determination,” said Lamamra in response to journalists after announcing the severance of diplomatic relations with Morocco from Tuesday, against the backdrop of hostile acts by Rabat against Algeria.
“The issue of Western Sahara was among the main points discussed between Algeria and the Kingdom of Morocco in 1988, when a high-level delegation came to Algeria to negotiate the conditions for resumption of diplomatic relations,” the head of Algerian diplomacy said.
“No party had hidden, then, the question of Western Sahara.”
“There was a strong commitment to the holding of a referendum on Sahrawi people’s self-determination,” Lamamra recalled.
This commitment, he carried on, was political and was part of the conditions to be honored by Morocco for the resumption of relations between Algiers and Rabat.
He said, in this respect, that “the ceasefire lasted more than 29 years… It is Morocco that violated it on 13 November 2020 through the attacks on El Guerguerate.
“The UN is now thinking about how to best carry out its duty to Western Sahara people in the context of decolonization… it is the right of the Saharawi people.”