Addressing the 6th Plenary Meeting of the UN Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), on Thursday in New York, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations, H.E. Ms. Lois M. Young, urged this Committee, the C-24, the Security Council and the Secretary-General to put in place urgently the necessary measures that will enable the Sahrawi people to finally exercise the right to self-determination.
Belize reiterated its support for the right of the Sahrawi people and the urgent practical need for them to be masters of their own country and their resources.
Belize expressed concern that “more than 12 months have expired since the resignation of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General and no replacement has yet been identified much less appointed”.
Belize lamented that “forty-four years have now passed since conflict over the Western Sahara began. Thirty years of those have been dedicated to facilitating a referendum for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. And still no progress has been made towards the convening of that referendum”.