The Portuguese government has confirmed that it was monitoring with great concern the deteriorating situation in Western Sahara since November 13, following the Moroccan military attack against Sahrawi civilians in Guerguerat.
The Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a written response to questions from a number of MPs, reiterated its support for a solution that would enable the Saharan people to exercise their right to self-determination.
The response, dated February 18, stated that Portugal’s position on Western Sahara was based on defending a just and lasting solution that would enable the people of Western Sahara to self-determination, within the UN-led negotiations, UN Security Council resolutions, and principles of the UN Charter.
The Portuguese Foreign Ministry highlighted that Lisbon has maintained an open, equal and balanced dialogue on the issue of Western Sahara, with the parties to the conflict, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front, as well as other countries in the region.
The reply affirmed that Portugal would ensure that the situation in Western Sahara remains on the agenda during its presidency of the European Union, which began last January.