The Sahrawi Foreign Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Salek on Tuesday called the Security Council to cease the illegal occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco “given the illegal rejection of the self-determination referendum” by the Kingdom.
“After thirty years of obstruction by Morocco of the implementation of the agreement sealed with the Sahrawi side under the auspices of the United Nations in 1991, as it is certain of the impossibility of winning the referendum, the Security Council of the United Nations (UN) must realize the need to speed up the decolonization of Western Sahara by Morocco,” Ould Salek told the Sahrawi Press Agency (SPS) on the eve of the Security Council meeting on this non-autonomous territory.
In this regard, the Sahrawi diplomat assured that “the Sahrawi Republic seating at the UN and the African Union (AU) has become the logical response politically (…).”
According to him, the UN seat “is not only a legitimate and natural right, but has also become the only way likely to end the conflict between Western Sahara and Morocco as Morocco rejects the self-determination referendum.”
“Legally, politically and even morally speaking the Security Council must assume its responsibilities before the Sahrawi people and the international community, in accordance with the UN Charter,” he said.
The Security Council must take the necessary measures to ensure that the Sahrawi people enjoy their legitimate rights recognized by international and regional organizations by ending the sufferings and systematic violations Morocco continues to commit in the occupied territories, said Ouled Salek.