Representative of the Polisario Front in Geneva, Ms. Omaima Abdesalam, on Thursday called on the UN General Assembly to set a date for the holding of the self-determination referendum in the occupied Sahrawi territories, and to enable the Sahrawi people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination.
The legal and political nature of the Western Sahara issue as an issue of decolonization is unequivocal, said the Representative of the Polisario Front to the United Nations and international organizations in Geneva in a note on the question of Western Sahara.
The General Assembly should therefore set a date for the self-determination referendum, where the people of Western Sahara can exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence, in line with the United Nations principles relating to decolonization, she added.
The Sahrawi diplomat stressed that any delay in enabling the Sahrawi people to exercise this right will only complicate the situation on the ground and risk further destabilizing the situation in the region.
She recalled that after 29 years since the establishment of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to implement the joint settlement plan of the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity, which the two parties accepted, the Polisario Front and Morocco, in 1988 and approved by the Security Council in 1990 and 1991, the United Nations has so far failed to implement the mandate for which the mission was established, namely, to hold a free and fair referendum under which the people of Western Sahara can exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence, thereby decolonizing Africa’s last colony.”
She regretted that since the resignation of the former personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara, President Horst Koehler, in May 2019, the Security Council has done nothing to revive the UN peace process or to prevent Morocco from undermining the process.
This has resulted in paralyzing the peace process sponsored by the United Nations in Western Sahara, and the delay in appointing a new personal envoy has exacerbated this paralysis, the Sahrawi diplomat added in the same note. (Sumoud)