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Biden administration will not be able to go against international law in Western Sahara

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The new U.S. administration led by Joe Biden will not be able to go against international law, nor deny the “clear” policy of the United States regarding the legal status of Western Sahara, Iranian political analyst Hassan Hashemian has said.

In a statement to Al-Ghad TV, the Washington-based political scientist explained that US President-elect Joe Biden “will not be able to go against the tide and contradict UN and African resolutions on the legal status of Western Sahara in his future policy, just as he will not be able to deny decades of clear US policy on the situation in the region”.

He considered it unlikely that the new president would ignore the UN resolutions which include Western Sahara on the list of non-self-governing territories and affirm the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination, notably resolution 2229 (1966) of the General Assembly.

According to the analyst, the new administration will also not be able to “renounce the American policy which has, for decades, encouraged the organization of a referendum of self-determination in Western Sahara”.

A line “remained constant over previous administrations,” he noted.

He added that the position of the United States of America agrees with that of the African Union, which recognizes the legitimate right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.

In this sense, he relied on a number of internal American positions in favour of holding a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara, such as the position of the American left that supports the Polisario Front in addition to the positions of several American press titles, particularly those close to the Democratic movement, including “The Washington Post” and “The New York Times” which regularly publish articles on Western Sahara.

The last visit by an American delegation to Morocco which was followed by a visit to the occupied Sahrawi territories “falls on the last page of Trump’s presidency and in the context of the bargaining between Morocco and Israel”, noted this professor of political science and sociology.

The announcement of the opening of an American consulate in the occupied city of Dakhla “was the price to be paid for a Moroccan-Zionist normalization”, he said, adding that the issue came at a “extremely sensitive time between Morocco and the Polisario Front, particularly following Morocco’s breakdown of the 1991 ceasefire agreement between the two sides under UN sponsorship.”

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