Security Council must assume responsibility toward Sahrawi people

Bir Lahlou (Liberated Territories), 10 April 2021 (SPS) - The Sahrawi Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlined Friday that it is high time that Morocco opts for peace with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and its neighbors, calling on the Security Council to assume its responsibility vis-à-vis the Sahrawi people.

The Sahrawi Ministry underlined Friday in a statement that « Morocco, backed by France, has been trying for three decades to bury the peace agreement of 1991 concluded with the Polisario Front on the organization of a referendum on self-determination.”

“The peace agreement, signed between the two sides and ratified by the Security Council, stipulates in its articles 5 and 6 that the referendum on self-determination constitutes a practical, real and consensus solution, but guarantees the consent of the Sahrawi people and of the international community,” said the source.

“The thirty-year wait for the MINURSO to accomplish its mission, consisting in the organization of a self-determination referendum in Western Sahara, shows the Sahrawi State’s capacity to ensure the security and stability throughout all its territory as part of a joint action with the neighboring countries,” added the source.

The Sahrawi Ministry reminded, once again, the Security Council of the responsibility of the latter vis-à-vis the Sahrawi cause and its people, affirming in a statement that “the resumption of the war since 13 November 2020 is a natural consequence caused by the Moroccan violation of the agreement between the two sides and the ongoing violations by the occupation State and puts the Security Council in front of its responsibilities, given that it, in addition to the African Union, guarantees the implementation of this agreement.” (SPS)