Fri 23/10/2020

Namibian government: Morocco is misleading to conceal and deny internationally and legally recognized facts on Western Sahara issue

3 months ago at 13/Jul/2020 32

Sumoudsh-13 July 2020 –  The Republic of Namibia expressed on Friday its regret “for the inappropriate reaction and the negative tone of the letter of the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco addressed to the Security Council, which included an open attack against Namibia.”

In a letter to the UN Security Council – a copy of which obtained by the Sumoud site – the Namibian Government affirmed its categorical rejection of any attempts to prevent or obstructthe full exercise of its sovereign rights in accordance with Article 35 of the UN Charter, as well as Article 6 of the Security Council’sprovisional rules of procedure.

The Namibian government’s letter added that in order to “avoid misleading letters that are contrary to international legitimacy,” there is a need to correct misinformation aimed at concealing and denying internationally and legally recognized facts. For example, the General Assembly and the Security Council recognize the non-self-governing territory as Western Sahara and not the “Moroccan Sahara”.Furthermore, according to the reports and resolutions of the Security Council, the town of Bir Lahlou is located east of the berm in the territory of Western Sahara.

To put things into perspective – the message of the government of the Republic of Namibia highlits – the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is a founding member of the African Union, to which the Kingdom of Morocco joined in 2017, to abide by its founding law and principles.Accordingly, the President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic attends, along with the King of Morocco, summits of the African Union, as well as other high-level events with regional organizations such as the European Union and the Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development.

The letter affirmed, “The Polisario Front is the legitimate representative recognized by the United Nations for the people of the Non-Self-Governing Territory of Western Sahara, and accordingly entitled to inform the Security Council of any information related to anissue that has been on the Council’s agenda since the illegal occupation of the Territory in 1975. ″

The Government of the Republic of Namibia made it clear that Morocco’s recent letter is an unfortunate attempt to divert the attention of the Security Council from the main issue of the gross violations of human rights that are committed daily against the people of Western Sahara.

The letter concluded by emphasizing the firm position of the Republic of Namibia in support of the United Nations efforts to find a solution that would ensure the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in accordance with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations.

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