Death of Sahrawi president: European Parliament's intergroup expresses solidarity, commits to pursuing struggle

Brussels, June 01, 2016 (SPS) -The European Parliament's Intergroup "Peace for the Sahrawi people" expressed Tuesday its solidarity with the Sahrawi people following the death of its president Mohamed Abdelaziz, and committed to pursuing struggle for the self-determination referendum in Western Sahara.

"We express our solidarity, in this difficult time, with the Sahrawi people and its legitimate representative, the Polisario Front. We will continue to struggle for the self-determination of Western Sahara," the European Parliament's Intergroup affirmed in a condolence message, signed by its chairperson Norbert Neuser.

While sharing the "pain" felt by the deceased's family and the Sahrawi people, for whom it expressed "sincere condolences," the intergroup for Western Sahara at the European Union affirmed, in its message, that the continuation of struggle to enable the Sahrawi people exercise its right to self-determination is "the best way to honour the memory of President Abdelaziz."

"Through his activism to defend his land, he paved the way and led the fight of the Sahrawi people for national liberation during the war for independence," the European body said, stressing that Abdelaziz lived in exile with his people in the Sahrawi refugee camps (Tindouf) until his death.

The European Parliament's Intergroup "Peace for the Sahrawi people" also recalled that the deceased was one of the founders of the Polisario Front before becoming its Secretary General then President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).SPS

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