Fri 23/10/2020

UNESCO corrects its mistake and removes occupied city of El-Aaiun from GNLC list

4 weeks ago at 24/Sep/2020 224

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has corrected the mistake it committed on Wednesday when it included the city of El-Aaiun, the occupied capital of the Sahrawi Republic, in its 2020 edition of Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC), considering it as a Moroccan city.

“After a new examination, the institute has corrected the list of GNLC new members. Two Moroccan cities, not three, as previously indicated,” UNESCO has confirmed in a statement issued Thursday.

The Sahrawi Ministry of Culture on Wednesday issued a statement, expressing its disappointment and regret at the adoption by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) of the city of El-Aaiun, the occupied capital of the Sahrawi Republic, as a Moroccan city, while including it in its 2020 edition of Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC).

In a statement published by the Sahrawi News Agency (SPS), the Ministry stressed that by taking this step, the UNESCO is challenging international orders in a flagrant bias towards the Moroccan thesis and an explicit and dangerous deviation from the ethics and principles of the United Nations, which considers the city of El-Aaiun the capital of a territory that has not yet enjoyed the right to self-determination, and its mission (MINURSO) has been present in it for almost 29 years to organize the referendum on the self-determination of the Sahrawi people. (Sumoud)

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