Bir-Lahlou, June 26, 2020 – President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Frente POLISARIO, Mr. Brahim Gali, has asserted that the failure of the UN Secretariat and the Security Council to act firmly in the face of Morocco’s annexationist actions whose aim is to impose a fait accompli by force in the occupied Western Sahara has seriously undermined the credibility of the UN and deepened the loss of faith amid the Sahrawi people in the already fragile UN peace process.
President Brahim Gali , added in his letter to UNSC, H.E. Mr António Guterress on the occasion of the the 75th anniversary of creation of The United Nations, that as a result, the entire UN peace process in Western Sahara has been completely paralysed. The delay in appointing a new Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara after the resignation of President Horst Köhler in May 2019 has only added to the state of paralysis.
President of the Republic went on sayinh that Twenty-nine years have already passed since the establishment of the MINURSO by the Security Council in April 1991. The United Nations however has so far failed in implementing the mandate for which MINURSO was created, namely the holding of a free and fair referendum by which the people of Western Sahara could exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence, and thus bringing to an end the decolonisation of the last colony in Africa.
“The Frente POLISARIO and the Sahrawi people however can never accept that Morocco persists in its annexationist actions aimed to forcibly entrench its illegal occupation and impose a fait accompli in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara while the United Nations remains completely silent. Moreover, while recalling our decision of 30 October 2019 regarding the reconsideration of our engagement in the UN peace process, the Frente POLISARIO reaffirms that it cannot engage in any political process or negotiations while the Moroccan occupying power persists in its attempts to create a fait accompli on the ground.” Gali stressed in his letter
He has also said that the patience of the Sahrawi people is running out, and today they are saying to the United Nations and to the world, loud and clear, that enough is enough. As we have repeatedly warned, Morocco, the occupying power, is playing with fire. It would be making a serious mistake if it persisted in testing the patience of the Sahrawi people who are now more determined than ever to defend, with all legitimate means, their sacrosanct rights and legitimate national aspirations for freedom and independence.
“The 75th anniversary of the United Nations may be a cause for celebration for world peoples, but it is also a strong reminder of the sacred responsibility of the United Nations towards colonised countries and peoples. What the Sahrawi people expect from the UN Secretariat and the Security Council, therefore, is to see serious actions that practically demonstrate genuine will to create the necessary conditions to enable our people to exercise freely and democratically their inalienable right to self-determination and independence in accordance with the UN-OAU Settlement Plan on which basis the mandate of MINURSO and the terms of the ceasefire were established. “Frente POLISARIO´SG concluded his letter to UNSG SPS
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