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UN General Assembly: Calls on international community to assume responsibility for continued Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara

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The 75th session of the UN General Assembly is continuing its work in New York amid calls for completing the decolonization process in Western Sahara.

In this regard, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, H.E. Dr. Emmerson Mnangagwa, called on the UN Security Council “to increase efforts towards ending the occupation of Western Sahara”.

He further stressed that “self-determination and independence are intrinsic and fundamental rights that should be enjoyed by all without distinction.”

For his part, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Honorable Dr. Moeketsi Majoro, affirmed that “Lesotho will continue to stand with the people of Western Sahara in their quest for independence.”

“The situation in Western Sahara also merits our attention. The General Assembly has consistently reaffirmed the inalienable right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination. We express our disappointment at the lack of progress in this regard,” he stressed.

He considered that it was “unfortunate that the self-determination referendum has not been held and the Security Council appears reluctant to use all diplomatic tools at its disposal to ensure compliance with the peace plan.”

The Vice President of Zierra Leone, Mr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, reiterated his country’s commitment to UN efforts aimed at “total elimination of colonialism”.

“Sierra Leone reiterates its commitment to multilateral efforts geared toward the total elimination of colonialism in all its forms and manifestation, and supports the adopted decade plan of action,” he stressed.

He further considered that if “we are to remain true to the fundamental principles of the United Nations that is fit for purpose, then it becomes absolutely necessary to relegate the chapter of colonialism to history within the period 2021- 2030,” adding that “the global paradigm of engagement, partnership, multilateralism, and mutual respect for the aspirations and views of all peoples must prevail.” (Sumoud)

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