The 75th session of the UN General Assembly kicked off Tuesday, with the decolonization issue at the top of the agenda, along with many issues of global concern.
The issue of Western Sahara was present at the opening session, where the President of South Africa and the current President of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, called for “an end to the illegal occupation of Western Sahara”.
“As we celebrate the founding of an organisation dedicated to freedom and equality, the people of Palestine and Western Sahara continue to live under occupation,” President Ramaphosa regretted.
In this context, he added “we repeat our call for an end to the illegal occupation of Western Sahara and for the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.”
For his part, the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz Canel Bermúdez, stressed in his speech before the session, his country’s principled and steadfast support to the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination and independence.
During the next days, the issue of Western Sahara will be discussed in light of the reports presented by the UN Secretary-General. The first report relates to the developments of the Western Sahara issue, the second concerns the developments of the implementation of the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination, while the third focuses on the evaluation of a decade of the United Nations ’work for the decolonization of the 17 non-self-governing territories.
The Sahrawi issue will also be strongly present at the work of the Decolonization Committee, which is due to launch in the first week of October, where the Committee will discuss the report of the Special Committee on the right of peoples to self-determination, as well as the UN Secretary-General’s report on the situation in Western Sahara.
The discussions, which coincide with the debate on the Sahrawi issue at the UN Security Council, are expected to culminate in a recommendation on Western Sahara. (Sumoud)