domingo, 26 de abril de 2009

Polisario Front reiterates readiness to cooperate with UN for a just and lasting solution to the Western Saharan conflict

The Bureau of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front reiterated the readiness of the Saharawi leaders to fully cooperate with the Secretary General of the United Nations and his Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara to achieve a just and lasting solution to the conflict in the Western Sahara that is based on the right of the Saharawi people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence.

In its regularly-scheduled session on Thursday, the Bureau – chaired by Mohamed Abdelaziz, President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), and Secretary General of the Polisario Front – requested that the UN Security Council "take all appropriate measures to impose the international legality, and to accelerate the organization of self-determination referendum for the Saharawi people, the only democratic and transparent solution that is consistent with the Charter of the United Nations."

The members of the Bureau also renewed their call for the creation of an effective mechanism within the UN Mission for a Referendum in the Western Sahara (MINURSO) to control, report on and ensure the protection of human rights in the occupied Western Sahara, in line with the UN’s responsibility to protect and promote human rights around the world.

The Bureau of the National Secretariat welcomed the recent support of international organizations, such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Human Rights Watch, who have called on the UN Security Council to establish an appropriate mechanism to ensure the protection of the human rights of the Saharawis.

The Polisario Front also demanded the dismantling of the 2,500 km wall constructed by the Kingdom of Morocco, which has divided the Western Sahara and its people for decades, and constitutes a "crime against humanity."

In lighter news
The Bureau also discussed its preparations for the holding of the Sixth International Film Festival in the Western Sahara, which will be held from Mar 4-9 in the Saharawi refugee camp of Dakhla, and which will count on the participation of internationally-renowned celebrities and filmmakers.

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