Sahrawi President Brahim Ghali, has called on the UN Security Council to set a timetable for the mission of the new UN envoy for Western Sahara, and to provide guarantees for the organization of a self-determination referendum, during a press conference held on Saturday, in the presence of the national and international press, on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of national unity.
He stressed that “the appointment of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General Staffan de Mistura, which we have taken note of, should not be an end in itself. The goal is to complete the decolonization of Western Sahara, the last colony in Africa, and the fulfillment of its mandate by the United Nations, in accordance with the only agreement signed between the two parties, which stipulates the implementation of the UN-African settlement scheme, and the organization of the self-determination referendum for the Saharawi people”.
He underlined that “the importance of the Personal Envoy comes from the extent to which he is able to lead the way in the implementation of that mandate,” highlighting that “the reason for the failure of all the functions of the former envoys was the obstruction of Morocco, as well as of the Security Council, which has not been firm in enforcing the implementation of the resolutions of international legitimacy and has not taken any steps to compel Morocco to implement and respect its international obligations.
He also reiterated that “the forthcoming resolution of the UN Security Council must correct the dysfunction that led to the return of war,” adding, “the upcoming UN Security Council meeting should not be an ordinary one, because the situation is no longer ordinary, and therefore its results could be decisive for the situation in the region.”
President Ghali pointed out that the UN Security Council “must be aware not only of the fact that the situation is new and different from the past, but of its extreme gravity.”
He indicated that the approach adopted by the Security Council during the previous period was based on managing the conflict rather than resolving it, an approach that Morocco used to derail the track from its original course, which encouraged it to violate the ceasefire, produce the current situation, and return to square one.