The Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, H.E. Dr. Alie Kabba, reaffirmed his country’s position in favor of a political solution of the conflict in Western Sahara based on the United Nations resolutions guaranteeing the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination.
Speaking at the joint general debate of the Committee on Special Political Affairs and Decolonization (Fourth Committee) whose work began on Tuesday, Mr. Kabba reaffirmed Sierra Leone’s position in favor of “a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution “to the conflict in Western Sahara,” the oldest unresolved conflict on the continent “.
He expressed Sierra Leone’s grave concern about report of strict media blockade, denial of access by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and other human rights monitoring bodies to Western Sahara, as well as the continued trend of restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association in Western Sahara, as outlined by the Secretary General’s report (S/2020/938, para 68-69).
In this regard, he express the unqualified support for Security Council resolution 2494 (2019), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 31 October 2020.
He called for the fulfillment of the SG’s commitment to appoint a new Personal Envoy for Western Sahara to rekindle the new momentum begun in the political process, confirming that Sierra Leone encourages the resumption of consultations as a matter of extreme urgency to achieve a political solution to the question of Western Sahara, ensuring the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination, in line with the relevant UN and AU resolutions.