Polisario front condemns expulsion campaign of international observers in occupied Western Sahara

Birlehlou, August 19, 2014 (SPS) - The Polisario Front has expressed its deepest concern over the campaign launched by the Moroccan authorities against international observers continuously expelled from Western Sahara.
 
The President of the Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Abdelaziz, in a letter sent Monday to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, drew the attention of the international organization to the intense campaign of harassment, accusations, degrading treatment, and forced expulsions against human rights activists, lawyers, parliamentarians, journalists, and asked the UN for an urgent action to end these unfair practices exercised by Morocco.
 
The President of the Republic noted that the expulsion of international observers from a territory under UN responsibilities does not only represent a flagrant violation of international law but also an insult to the international community and undermines the credibility of the international organization. (SPS)
 

Western Sahara conflict: AU Parliament Speakers urge for cooperation with UN

MIRLAND (South Africa), August 18, 2014 (SPS)- The conference of African Union (AU) Parliaments on Wednesday stressed the importance of cooperation with the United Nations to reach a settlement for Western Sahara conflict, reiterating support to the African envoy to Western Sahara, Joaquim Chissano.
 
The presidents of African parliaments, in a statement at the end of the sixth conference (August 13-14) at the Pan-African Parliament headquarters in the city of Midrand, South Africa, expressed their support to UN efforts and for a just, political settlement to Western Sahara conflict so as to allow "Saharawi people exerting their right to self-determination," Saharawi news agency SPS reported Sunday.
 
The statement reiterated African MPs' support to the AU envoy to Western Sahara, former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, the source added.
 
The AU conference was marked by a support to Saharawi people's right to self-determination and independence through several papers presented by the participants.
 
The Saharawi delegation to the conference held talks with the participating heads of Parliament and delegation chiefs. (SPS)

Venezuela reiterates support for Saharawi people struggle

Caracas, August 17, 2014 (SPS) - The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Elias Jaua, reiterated Friday the commitment of his country to the Saharawi cause and "unconditional support to the struggle of the Saharawi people for freedom and independence ", following a meeting with the Saharawi Minister for Latin America, Haj Ahmed Barikalla, indicated Saharawi diplomatic source in Venezuela. 

During the meeting, which was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela in Caracas, the two sides discussed bilateral relations, the peace process of the UN in Western Sahara and other issues of common interest, said the source.

 The meeting was attended on the Sahrawi side by Mr. Hady Larosi, in charge of the affairs in Caracas, and on the Venezuelan side by Professor Reinaldo Bolivar, deputy foreign minister for Africa, and other officials of Latin American countries. 

The Saharawi Minister Ahmed Haj arrived this week in Caracas carrying a message from President Mohamed Abdelaziz to the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, added the source. (SPS)

MINURSO main mission, holding referendum on Saharawi people's self-determination

New York (United Nations), August 17, 2014 (SPS) - UN's main mission of the MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) was the holding of a referendum on Saharawi people's self-determination, Polisario Front's representative at the UN, Ahmed Boukhari, reiterated in New York.

The Saharawi diplomat made the comment in reply to "strange statements" by Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the UN, in which he requested the UN Secretary-General not to alter the MINURSO’s mission.

According to Morocco's interpretation, MINURSO's mission is to "ensure the ceasefire, reduce the risk of mine explosions and remnants of munitions of war, support the UNHCR Programme of confidence building, and exchange visits between the separated families."

"We want to remind the Moroccan party that MINURSO’s only mission is the organization of a referendum to complete the decolonization process in Western Sahara," Bukhari stressed.

"The referendum was accepted and signed by Morocco with the Polisario Front to make way for the implementation of the 1991 settlement plan, and hence the implementation of the resolutions of the UN General Assembly and Security Council on the territory."

"The obstruction of the efforts of the international community by Morocco to continue its military occupation, the exercise of the most terrible forms of repression against the Saharawi people and the plundering of its resources require the UN to assume its responsibility with seriousness and credibility, ending the illegal occupation of our country and guaranteeing the rights of our people," he added.

The statements of Morocco’s Permanent Representative "reflect irresponsibility and disregard for international law, for which only Morocco assumes its severe consequences." (SPS)