Sweden warns that only self-determination can solve the Western Sahara conflict

Stockholm (Sweden), Feb 04, 2021 (SPS) - The Swedish Foreign Minister, Ann Linde, made it clear that the conflict in “Western Sahara is a decolonization problem within the UN”, stressing that “the status of Western Sahara can only be determined through a just, sustainable and mutually acceptable negotiated solution that satisfies the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination in accordance with international law, including Security Council resolutions of the ONU."

Clearing doubts about the position of the Nordic country, after Donal Trump's illegal maneuver in Western Sahara, and the clear adherence to international legality, Ann Linde asserted that “the recognition of Morocco's claims without taking into account international law and the resolutions of the UN Security Council do not contribute to a lasting solution to the conflict. "

Likewise, she announced that her “Government will continue to be clear in all contexts, including in contacts with the newly appointed Biden administration, about the importance of working to resume the UN-led process to find a solution to the issue of Western Sahara that is in line with international law. "

"Working under the auspices of the United Nations is of the utmost importance, especially in light of the recent events on the ground in Guerguerat, and to appoint the Secretary General's personal envoy as soon as possible," added the Foreign Minister.

“The government is putting pressure on the UN for this to happen. I myself have raised the issue with the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, ”defended Ann Linde in response to the vice president of the Swedish parliament, Lotta Johnsson Fornarve

“I also spoke recently with my Moroccan colleague and stressed the importance of resuming the political process under the auspices of the United Nations. The same message has been transmitted to the Frente POLISARIO at the level of senior officials,” she added. SPS

 

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