PARIS – The representative of the Polisario Front in France, Oubbi Bouchraya Bachir, indicated that the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination was irrevocable and that the definition of the final legal status of the territory was the very essence of the road map provided for by the Security Council resolutions adopted by the international community in the sense that it is a question of decolonization that can only be solved by consulting the indigenous population freely and regularly.
In an interview with the channel "BBC Arabic", Mr. Oubbi Bouchraya reaffirmed that the Polisario "agreed to participate in the preliminary meetings of the direct negotiations", which took place Wednesday and Thursday in Geneva "without pre-conditions and in good faith. "
He explained that the consecration of the principle of the irrevocable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and the definition of the legal status of the territory "was not a condition posed by the Front to participate in the negotiations but it is the essence of the road map, provided for by Security Council resolutions, and endorsed by the international community in the sense that it is a question of decolonization that can only be resolved through consultation with the Security Council. indigenous population freely and regularly. "
For the Saharawi diplomat, "Morocco's call for a political solution, through what he called autonomy, suggests that the referendum is a military solution while the referendum is now a UN condition for the recovery negotiations. "
In that sense, he believed that the Geneva meeting was "a positive step" at the beginning of a serious negotiation process leading to the implementation of the carefully crafted Security Council decision in both official languages. the last resolutions 2414 and 2440 clearly defining the two parts of the conflict, the Polisario Front and Morocco, and the final objectives of the negotiations, notably to allow the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination.
Previous experiences show, he said that "the blocking of the process of negotiations has never been a problem of mediators or plans of absence of political will, in the Moroccan part, to go to a settlement, and therefore to allow the peoples of the region to live in peace and mutual respect. "
He added that the most important thing is that everyone understands that "playing the clock" and "the status quo" are no longer possible and that "the cease-fire is compromised and the events of El Guerguerat are still in the minds ". In addition, the Saharawi leader described as "normal" the presence of Algeria and Mauritania, as neighboring countries.
In conclusion, Mr. Oubbi Bouchraya reiterated that "the Polisario Front's mission will come to an end when the Saharawi people have exercised, in all sovereignty, their right to self-determination to choose if they want to be part of Morocco, to be independent or have another status. "