Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ann Linde, confirmed on Monday that outgoing US President Doland Trump’s announcement does not change anything regarding Sweden’s position on Western Sahara.
In a response delivered to the Swedish Parliament, the Swedish Head of Diplomacy reiterated that the Swedish government has never recognized Morocco’s claims over Western Sahara, as does the United Nations, and continues to work for a just solution to the issue of Western Sahara, which respects the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination.
The Swedish foreign minister’s position came in response to a question from MP Björn Söder about the Swedish government’s position on President Trump’s announcement of recognition of Morocco’s alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara.
The Swedish official reiterated the Swedish government’s recent position in parliament, which was reflected in deep concern over developments in Western Sahara since November 13, when Morocco attacked Sahrawi civilians in Guerguerat.
The Swedish government stressed the need to organize the referendum as the only means of ensuring the free expression of the Sahrawi people, as stipulated in international resolutions.
The minister said, “Her country believes that human rights monitoring should be included in the mandate of the MINURSO mission,” noting that “Sweden has contributed during its membership in the Security Council to many decisions regarding the mission and other issues such as the humanitarian situation in the Sahrawi refugee camps, strengthening cooperation between the two parties and the United Nations Office for Human Rights and inclusion of women in the political process.