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Security Council has responsibility for Western Sahara decolonization

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The Representative of the Polisario to the United Nations (UN) Sidi Mohamed Omar on Wednesday said that the Security Council has the responsibility for guaranteeing pace and security in Western Sahara, and organizing a self-determination referendum to end colonization in Africa.

In a statement to APS, Sidi Mohamed Omar said that the UN Security Council was responsible for ensuring peace and security throughout the world and “ending Morocco’s violations against the Sahrawi people.”

The Sahrawi diplomat made this statement shortly before the meeting of the Security Council scheduled for Wednesday afternoon on the situation in Western Sahara.

The Security Council established the United Nations Mission for the Referendum on Self-Determination (MINURSO) in 1991 to ensure compliance with the ceasefire, as a first step towards a free, fair and transparent referendum guaranteeing the inalienable right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination and independence, said Omar who called on the Security Council to “fulfill its commitments” on this matter.

“In view of the dangerous developments that have forced the Sahrawi people to resume the armed struggle,” Sidi Mohamed Omar said he expects the Security Council to take “palpable measures” and “designate the colonizing state as responsible for the consequences of its aggression against the Sahrawi territory.

He warned that if the Security Council decided to do nothing, it would be the peace process that would pay a heavy price through the escalation of hostilities and the intensification of the war.

Regarding the failure of the United Nations to appoint a new envoy for Western Sahara, Sidi Mohamed Omar said that Morocco “is the first factor of blockage” in the face of efforts by the Secretary General and the General Secretariat to appoint an envoy after the resignation of the German Horst Kohler in May 2019.

He recalled that Morocco had refused several candidates for this position, while imposing preconditions to the UN General Assembly, which is proof that the occupier does not have the political will to get seriously and truly involved in the political process.

He also drew attention to the fact that Morocco favors the policy of fait accompli by continuing its occupation of large parts of Western Sahara.

The Sahrawi people “categorically refuses” the occupation of its land and it has expressed this position by resuming the armed struggle to extend its sovereignty over the entire territory of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

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