South Africa stressed Wednesday in New York that the efforts of the Decolonization Committee must be focused on mobilizing international support to ensure the organization of a free and democratic referendum under the auspices of the United Nations that would enable the Saharan people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination.
In a speech before the Decolonization Committee – reviewed by Sumoud – the South African representative to the United Nations, Mathu Joyini, recalled of the responsibility of the United Nations to enable the Sahrawi people to exercise its right to self-determination.
South Africa expressed the hope that progress would be achieved in resolving the issue of Western Sahara after the new envoy has been appointed.
South Africa called for the full implementation of all Security Council and African Union resolutions aimed at finding a peaceful solution based on the right to self-determination.
With regard to MINURSO’s mandate to be renewed next week, South Africa called on the Security Council to take into account developments on the ground and to maintain the impartiality and neutrality of MINURSO.