The representative of the Polisario Front at the United Nations, Dr. Sidi Mohamed Omar, has stressed that the only option to end the conflict in Western Sahara is to allow the Sahrawi people to exercise its inalienable right to self-determination and independence.
In a speech during his participation in the work of the Caribbean regional seminar organized by the Special Committee on Decolonization of the UN General Assembly, the Sahrawi official highlighted that all efforts to date by the United Nations and the African Continental Organization (OAU-AU) towards the decolonization of the Territory had been thwarted by Morocco.
These efforts include – added the representative of the Front at the United Nations – the settlement plan based on the 1991 self-determination referendum, which Morocco formally accepted and pledged to engage in its full implementation and respect its results before retracting its commitment in 2001, due to its apparent fear of the referendum outcome.
Dr. Sidi Mohamed Omar added that for nearly three decades the Polisario Front had been fully committed to the United Nations peace process in Western Sahara and had made enormous concessions in order for the process to move towards its mutually agreed goal of holding a free and fair referendum for self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.
The representative of the Polisario Front at the United Nations indicated that the political will and flexibility of the Polisario Front had never reciprocated by the other party, noting that the absence of a strong, clear and firm position on the part of the United Nations and the international community regarding Morocco’s total disregard for the mandate of the United Nations and its resolutions on Western Sahara had encouraged the occupying state to continue, with total impunity, its colonial practices and attempts to impose a fait accompli by force in the occupied Western Sahara.