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Polisario en RASD: "verstandhouding met MINURSO herbekijken"
In een persbericht laten Frente Polisario en de Saharaanse Republiek RASD weten dat ze hun houding ten aanzien van de MINURSO zullen herbekijken. Daarmee wordt uiting gegeven aan de diepe teleurstelling aan Saharaanse zijde over VN secretaris generaal Ban Ki Moon's rapport over de Westelijke Sahara dat vorige week werd voorgesteld aan de Veiligheidsraad. Daarin werd geen lans gebroken voor toezicht op de mensenrechten in het conflictgebied.
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"Hoewel we onze toewijding aan het zoeken naar een vreedzame en democratische oplossing door middel van een vrij en gereguleerd referendum bevestigen, hebben we besloten onze verhouding ten overstaan van de MINURSO te bekijken", stelt het persbericht.


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Statement by
Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Saharawi Arab
Democratic Republic (SADR)

Since the two parties of the conflict in Western Sahara, Frente POLISARIO and Morocco, approved the UN Settlement Plan of 1991 that provides for the organisation of a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara and since the creation of the MINURSO with a view to execute this agreement the following year, the Saharawi party saved no efforts to support the UN mission to help it fulfil its noble duty of decolonising the last colony in Africa.

Following requests of the UNís Secretary Generals and their Personal Envoys, The government of the SADR and the Frente POLISARIO had, in fact, accepted to give additional concessions to help the MINURSO fulfil its mandate so as to enable the Saharawi people to freely choose between independence and integration into Morocco.

Twenty years later, we notice that MINURSO didnít keep its promise, while Morocco, taking advantage of the cease-fire, tries to perpetuate its occupation with all the repression it generates and the plundering of natural resources of the territory, and all this with the support of a permanent member of the UN Security Council who is working with all the means in its possession to distort the decolonisation process in Western Sahara and step on the universal principles of the international law, to veil the crimes of Morocco in Western Sahara.

The brutal repression against the civil population in the occupied territories, the forced disappearances, torture, iniquitous judgments, abductions and imprisonment of human rights defenders and the plundering of the natural resources are daily practices of the Moroccan occupier under the very eyes of the MINURSO.

It is serious and intolerable to see that the MINURSO is the only UN mission that doesnít fulfil the elementary moral obligation of monitoring the respect of human rights as it is insistently required by the UN High Commission of Human Rights, Amnesty international, Human Rights Watch, the European Parliament, the World Organisation Against Torture, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, Frontline and others bodies to face the Moroccan colonial repression and terror.

The Saharawi people, who have fully trusted the UN for twenty years, and collaborated with the MINURSO with loyalty, patience, generosity and flexibility despite of all the injustice they underwent, despite the denial by the aggressor of all its engagements and despite of the indifference of the MINURSO, are deeply disappointed and deceived and find the persistence of such a situation unacceptable and unjustifiable.

For all these undeniable reasons and facts, the government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic and the Frente POLISARIO, while reaffirming their commitment in favour of a peaceful and democratic solution through a free and regular referendum on self-determination, decided to reconsider their relation with the MINURSO.





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Sinds 1975 wordt drie kwart van de Westelijke Sahara bezet door Marokko. Een groot deel van de oorspronkelijke bevolking leeft vandaag nog steeds in vluchtelingenkampen in Algerije. Zij die in het thuisland achterbleven worden door de Marokkaanse bezetters onderworpen aan ernstige mensenrechtenschendingen. Al meer dan 40 jaar wachten de Saharawi op de uitoefening van hun legitiem recht op zelfbeschikking.
BOEK: International Law and the Question of Western Sahara

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Bij ons weten het eerste collectieve werk over de juridische aspecten van het conflict omtrent de Westelijke Sahara. Beschikbaar in het Engels en Frans. Bestel het hier.