Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, said on Wednesday in Algiers that the African Union (AU) and the UN must put pressure on Morocco to allow the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination and independence, the only way out of the conflict according to international law.
“The AU and the UN are called upon to put pressure on Morocco to respect the borders with its neighbours, including Western Sahara, and to allow the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination and independence, as this is the only way out in accordance with international legality,” Mr. Ould Salek told the press at the end of his meeting with Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra.
“We call on the international community to assume its responsibilities to end the occupation in our country and impose the right of the Saharawi people to freedom and sovereignty, like other countries,” he added.
“We signed, in 1991, a settlement plan ending a 16-year war between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Saharawi Republic, and agreed on a peace plan based on the Saharawi people exercising their right to self-determination through a free referendum. Unfortunately, Morocco has undermined all the efforts of the international community and hindered those of the UN and the OAU (now AU), aimed at the decolonisation of the last colony in Africa, the Saharawi minister further said.
He also recalled that the Saharawis “have accepted the referendum as a realistic and peaceful solution. It is Morocco that has refused the implementation of the settlement plan by fomenting all kinds of obstacles”.
“While the international community and the UN SG are trying to appoint a Personal Envoy to relaunch the peace process, Morocco invokes new subterfuges by claiming that the Polisario Front enjoys Iranian military support, which is fallacious and illusory, ” concluded Ould Salek.