Thu 26/11/2020

UN Fourth Committee reaffirms responsibility of United Nations towards people of Western Sahara

3 weeks ago at 07/Nov/2020 29

The Seventy-fifth session of the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (Fourth Committee) of the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution on the question of Western Sahara, without a vote, under agenda item 61 concerning the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, reaffirming the UN responsibility towards the Saharawi people.

The Fourth Committee took note of the report of the Secretary-General submitted to the General Assembly on 29 September 2020 in which he underscored, among other things, that the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (Fourth Committee) of the General Assembly and the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples address the question of Western Sahara as a Non-Self-Governing Territory and an issue of decolonisation.

In this regard, the UN Fourth Committee reaffirmed the inalienable right of all peoples to self-determination and independence in accordance with the principles set forth in the Charter of the United Nations and General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960 containing the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

It also reaffirmed the responsibility of the United Nations towards the people of Western Sahara, and requested the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples to continue to consider the situation in Western Sahara and to report thereon to the General Assembly at its seventy-sixth session.

The Fourth Committee further invited the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its seventy-sixth session a report on the implementation of the present resolution.

The resolution of the UN Fourth Committee reaffirms the inalienable right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination and independence in accordance with the principles set forth in the Charter of the United Nations and General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV).

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