Saharawi government condemns Moroccan “fabrications” before the General Assembly and calls on the UN to assume its responsibilities for the decolonization of Western Sahara

Bir Lehlou (Saharawi Republic) 27 September 2020 (SPS)- Saharawi government condemned in a press release issued Today, the Moroccan Prime Minister’s “falsehoods and fabrications” before the 75th UN General Assembly, calling on the UN Security Council to assume its responsibilities in the decolonization of Western Sahara.

Following is the complete text of the Press Release, of which SPS received a copy:

Government of the Sahrawi Republic (SADR)

PRESS RELEASE

Bir Lehlou

The Government of the Sahrawi Republic (SADR) has taken note of the pre-recorded statement made yesterday by the head of government of the Moroccan occupying state during the General Debate of the UN General Assembly. The statement added nothing new in terms of both form and content, and it simply echoed the same worn-out discourse with a strong tone of intransigence and defiance of international legality and the resolutions of the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) coupled with the continued espousal of the policy of occupation and expansionism.

The Government of the Sahrawi Republic (SADR) condemns in the strongest terms the falsehoods and fabrications contained in the statement of the head of government of the Moroccan occupying state whose main objective is to mislead the international community about the legal nature of the Western Sahara question  through a selective and reductive reading of Security Council resolutions, and to delude public opinion with some perceptions and illusions that exist only in the imagination of the Moroccan expansionist regime. The Government of the Sahrawi Republic (SADR) also strongly condemns the misrepresentations contained in the Moroccan statement regarding the Saharawi-Moroccan conflict, which represent another example of the ploy of blaming others to which the Moroccan regime always resorts in order to hide its failures and its inherent inferiority complex and to continue diverting the attention of its public opinion from the regime’s deep-rooted structural crisis.

The Western Sahara question is a decolonisation issue on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly since 1963, which recognises the inalienable right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination and independence in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 1514 (XIX) containing the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples. To enable the Sahrawi people to exercise their legitimate right to self-determination and independence through a free, fair and impartial referendum, the UN Security Council established, under its authority, the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) in April 1991 based on the acceptance by the two parties to the conflict, the Frente POLISARIO and Morocco, of the Settlement Plan elaborated jointly by the United Nations and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

The international community bears witness to the many obstacles put by the Moroccan occupying regime in the way of the implementation of the UN-OAU Settlement Plan since the beginning and then its rejection of the self-determination referendum and its subsequent desperate attempts to propose some stillborn solutions. Morocco has done all this because it fears the free choice of the Sahrawi people, and thus it seeks to prevent our people from having the last word and confirming their legitimate national choice, which was announced to the whole world on 27 February 1976 by proclaiming the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as the embodiment of the aspiration of our people for freedom and full independence.

The time has come for the Moroccan regime to realise that it—along with its supporters—cannot turn the wheel of history backwards. The Sahrawi Republic (SADR) is an irreversible national, regional and international reality. The Moroccan occupying state was forced to to sit along with the SADR under the same roof of the African Union after Morocco signed and ratified the AU Constitutive Act, without any reservations, thus placing on record its official recognition of the AU’s fundamental principles including respect for the borders existing on achievement of independence and the prohibition of the use of force or threat to use force among Member States of the Union. The statement of the Moroccan regime therefore is nothing but a discordant note that cannot eclipse the resounding statements made by several Heads of State and Government during the General Assembly General Debate who expressed their strong and unwavering support for the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination and independence and called on the United Nations and the Security Council to exert more efforts to end the Moroccan illegal occupation of parts of Western Sahara.

The intransigence of the Moroccan occupying regime manifest in its statement before the UN General Assembly proves once again that the regime is still unwilling to abide by the resolutions of the United Nations and the African Union on the need to find a peaceful, just and lasting solution to the decolonisation question of Western Sahara, the last colony in Africa. The  persistence of the Moroccan regime in rejecting a peaceful solution is a serious threat to the efforts deployed of the United Nations and represents a blatant defiance of the authority of the Security Council,  which must assume its full responsibility for the maintenance of peace and security in the region. In this context, the Government of the Sahrawi Republic (SADR) recalls that the Moroccan occupying state would not have dared to persist in its intransigence and defiance of international legality without the explicit support it receives from some international parties, notably France, which also bear responsibility for the consequences of the reckless actions of the Moroccan regime that could increase tension and instability in the whole region.” (SPS)

090/500/60 (SPS)