The National Secretary of the French Communist Party (PCF), Fabien Roussel, considered Wednesday that the status quo in Western Sahara is a violation of international law and serves the interest of the Moroccan occupation, stressing that France bears a heavy responsibility in the “current political stalemate”.
On the occasion of the celebration on February 27, the 45th anniversary of the proclamation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), the deputy from the North indicated, in a statement by the PCF, that “this status quo favorable to the Moroccan colonial occupation, constitutes a violation of international law and increases the suffering of the Saharawi people as well as the plundering of its natural resources “.
Mr. Roussel deplored “the multiple obstacles which are added to the process initiated by the United Nations, in order to organize, in accordance with its resolutions, a referendum of self-determination” in Western Sahara.
In this context, the National Secretary of the PCF considered that “France bears a heavy responsibility in the current political blockage, in particular after having supported the invasion of 1975” by the forces of the Moroccan occupier.
“Paris has blocked the initiatives of Minurso (Mission for the organization of a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara), sabotaged the mission of President Kohler (former UN Personal Envoy to Western Sahara) and put its full weight behind the extension of preferential tariffs in violation of the rulings of the European Court of Justice,” he added.
Regarding the daily violations of human rights in the occupied Sahrawi territories, Mr. Roussel stressed that “all successive governments in recent years in France have turned a blind eye to these acts, while Sahrawi political prisoners suffer unacceptable conditions of detention”.
Fabien Roussel recalled the “difficult context” in which the 45th anniversary of the proclamation of the RASD Republic is taking place, because of Morocco’s violation of the ceasefire and the resumption of fighting, expressing “the total solidarity of the French Communist Party and its determination to act in France and within the European Union so that as soon as possible a referendum of self-determination is held so that the People of Sahrawi can decide its own future”.