Wed 11/05/2022

Polisario Front will not take part in round tables on Western Sahara

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The President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, affirmed that the Sahrawi side will not take part in the round tables on Western Sahara, but it is willing to return to the negotiations, provided that international guarantees are given to the Sahrawi people to guarantee its right to self-determination.

In an interview granted to Algerian television, broadcast Tuesday evening, the Sahrawi President indicated that “the Sahrawi side can go to the settlement of the conflict in Western Sahara, through the organization of negotiations between the two parties to the conflict (Morocco / Polisario Front), under the auspices of the African Union (AU), in order to achieve a settlement that allows the region to live in peace and leads the occupation to withdraw its troops from the Sahrawi territories.

For Mr. Ghali, “two choices are open to the Moroccan occupier: the settlement promoted by the United Nations based on the organization of a referendum on self-determination, or the negotiated solution promoted by the African Union”.

In the interview, Mr. Ghali referred to the role to be played by the African Union, indicating that despite “the shy efforts that are being made at the level of the Pan-African organisation, the Sahrawi side remains, however, attached to its role as a partner of the United Nations in the settlement plan, calling for “the need to activate the negotiations between the two parties to the conflict and to force the obstructing party to collaborate with the international community.

Regarding the latest resolution of the Security Council on the extension of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (Minurso), the Secretary General of the Polisario Front deplored this fact which was disappointing and ignored the reality of the resumption of the armed struggle by the Saharawi people, following the violation by Morocco of the ceasefire agreement on 13 November 2020.

With respect to the appointment of the new Personal Envoy of the UN SG to Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, Mr. Ghali noted that the latter “is finding it difficult to carry out his duties in view of the lack of will on the part of the Security Council to find a solution to this issue, merely managing the conflict.

Despite these facts, President Ghali added, the Sahrawi side hopes that the Security Council will support the new envoy to “put pressure on the occupier who continues to stand against the decisions of international legality.

With regard to the appeal brought by certain countries to the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) to continue the plundering of the wealth of Western Sahara, Mr Ghali recalled that the ECJ issued three judgments in 2016 recognizing that Morocco and Western Sahara are two “distinct” and “separate” territories.

The countries involved with Morocco will lodge more appeals against the verdict to gain time, added Mr. Ghali, stressing that “once the deadlines are over, the Sahrawi side will start a new era, namely the application of the CJEU’s decisions.

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