terça-feira, 31 de março de 2009

Meeting of Spanish parliamentarians in solidarity with the Saharawi cause from April 4 to 5 in Tenerife (Canary Islands)

The Spanish parliamentarians of all autonomous regions, and of Congress and Senate (the two chambers of the Spanish Parliament) are expected to meet from April 4 to 5 in Tenerife (Canary Islands), through the 13th Conference of the Parliamentary Intergroup "Peace and Freedom for the Saharawi people", according to the representation of the Polisario Front in Spain.

This meeting will be opened by the President of the Regional Parliament of the Canary Islands, Cordobes Antonio Castro, the president of the Parliamentary Intergroup, Senator Juan Andres Perello and coordinator of the Institutions of solidarity with Western Sahara, Txomin Aurrekoetxea.

It will be an opportunity for the Polisario Front representative in Spain, Bouchraya Hamoudi Beyoun, to present a briefing on the situation facing the peace process in Western Sahara, especially after the visit of, Christopher Ross,to the region .

It will be also an opportunity for the President of the Spanish Institutions Federation of solidarity with Western Sahara, Carmelo Ramirez, the representative of the International Association of Jurists for Western Sahara, Felipe Briones, as well as other Canarian associations of friendship and solidarity with the Saharawi people to submit their annual reports.

The conference, which reflects the Spanish parliamentarians commitment to defend the Saharawi people right to self-determination, will also provide various parliamentarians to take stock of their activities during 2008, the grave situation of human rights in the Saharawi territories occupied by Morocco and humanitarian actions in directions of Saharawi refugees.

A program work for 2009 will be discussed and prepared by the Parliamentary Intergroup for their work to be sanctioned by a final resolution called "Declaration of Tenerife.

During the last conference, held in 2008 in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), the coordinator of Institutions in solidarity with the Saharawi people, Aurrekoetxea, stressed the responsibility of Spain in this old conflict that is slow to find a solution 'and urged Spain and the European Union (EU) to become more involved in the decolonization of this former Spanish colony.

The Basque parliamentary noted, moreover, "the commitment of all autonomous regions of Spain for the Saharawi people right to self-determination except the central government in Madrid."

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