MFA refutes "allegations and lies" of Rabat foreign minister

Birlehlu July 12, 2014 (SPS) - Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould salek refuted the Moroccan Foreign Minister’s allegations that the task of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara is to maintain the cease-fire during his recent speech before the foreign committee in the Moroccan parliament , in a statement Friday.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted that the task of  the mission is to organize a referendum on self-determination which is hampered by Morocco as a result of its conviction of the persistence of the Saharawi people of their inalienable rights to self-determination and independence.

Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek confirmed that when the Moroccan Foreign Minister said "there is no talks outside the autonomy proposal" he betrayed the fact that the negotiations between the parties to the conflict, the Polisario Front and Morocco, take place on a base defined by the resolutions of the Security Council in paragraph since 2007, which is the need to find a "just peaceful solution acceptable to both parties that ensures the right to self-determination of the people of Western Sahara."

Regarding the Moroccan foreign minister’s claim that there is no solution apart from what he calls "Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara," the Minister of Foreign Affairs recalled that the international community does not recognize the Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara, and that the International Court of Justice confirmed in its Advisory Opinion in 1975, that there are no links of sovereignty between Morocco and the Western Sahara in addition to that the Sahrawi people will know how to achieve their full sovereignty on the territory of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs called the international community, the United Nations and the African Union to exert pressure on the Moroccan occupier in order to end its military adventures in the Western Sahara and comply with the resolutions of international legitimacy. (SPS)

Speaker of Parliament holds talks with President of Canary Regional Government

Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain), July 10, 2014 (SPS) - Speaker of the Saharawi National Council (Parliament) Mr. Khatri Addouh met yesterday, Wednesday, with the President of the Regional Government of the Canary Islands, Mr. Paulino Rivero.
During the meeting, Mr. Addouh, also head of the Polisario Front’s delegation to the negotiations with Morocco, conveyed Saharawi President’s sincere greetings to Mr. Rivero.
The two sides examined the historic relations already exist between the Saharawi people and the Canary Islands, and Canary’s support to the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.
The Saharawi official also met with the representatives of the local trade unions and the movement of solidarity with the Saharawi people in the region. (SPS)

Socialist International to conduct exploratory visit to Western Sahara

Mexico City, July 3, 2014 (SPS) - The Socialist International Women has agreed to organize an exploratory visit to Western Sahara, promising, at the conclusion of its Council’s meeting held in Mexico City, to set the date of the visit in the near future, said a source close to the Saharawi delegation.
The decision made after a request by the Saharawi delegation, inviting SI to visit the territory of Western Sahara, in the aim to assess at first hand the reality of the Saharawi people.
Participants at SI’s Council’s meeting, of which the representatives of African National Congress of South Africa, SWAPO of Namibia, Puerto Rican Independence Party, Sandinista National Liberation Front of Nicaragua and the Socialist Party of Spain, said the Socialist International needs to do more in order to alleviate the suffering of the Saharawi people, demanding that the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination be respected.
They also stressed the need to find a peaceful solution to the long-standing conflict of Western Sahara. (SPS)

Polisario Front condemns Rabat’s apathy towards AU and UN resolutions (official)

Bir Lehlou (liberated territories), July 2, 2014 (SPS) - Saharawi government and Polisario Front have condemned Morocco’s impassiveness vis-à-vis the resolutions of the African Union and United Nations, drawing international community that Rabat practices is similar to those of Apartheid regime in South Africa.

“Morocco, which has been since 1991 blocking the organization of the referendum on self-determination and the work of UN Secretary General’s personal envoy Mr. Christopher Ross, is now refusing to cooperate with the African Union and its special envoy President Joaquim Chissano,” said a statement issued Wednesday by the Saharawi ministry of foreign affairs, following Morocco’s refusal to cooperate with the AU special envoy Mr. Joaquim Chissano, designated in the 23rd summit.
By refusing to cooperate with Mr. Chissano, said the statement, the Moroccan regime pursues the steps of the Apartheid regime, which ignored international legitimacy and the resolutions of the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity.

Saharawi government stressed that the joint endeavours by the UN and OAU, now the AU, “were and will remain, as is the case in all disputes and conflicts in the continent, harmonious and integrative, where there is no rivalry nor contradiction between the two organizations that are linked by obligations of joint cooperation to resolve conflicts at the level of Africa.”

The statement, therefore, called on the UN and AU to shoulder “full responsibility” by imposing an end to the illegal Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, gross violations of human rights, war crimes and the crimes against humanity committed by Morocco against the Saharawi people. (SPS)