Saharawis seek respect for UN commitments on referendum on self-determination

BERLIN – The director of the Society for Threatened Peoples (SPM), Ulrich Delius, said Wednesday in Berlin that the Saharawi people had high hopes for the former president and personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, in order to implement the UN's commitments regarding the organization of a referendum of self-determination in Western Sahara

In a statement issued on the occasion of the round table on Western Sahara, organized in Geneva, taken over by the site "", the German official called to "support the claims of the Saharawi people and not to give in to foreign pressure, particularly from France, which has hindered the process of settling this long-standing conflict. "

million. Ulrich Delius urged the UN envoy "to discuss the issue of human rights, especially since serious human rights violations are committed on the Sahrawi territory by the Moroccan regime."

The round table for the revival of negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario Front, blocked for six years, opened its work Wednesday in Geneva under the chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Köhler.

This meeting, the first of its kind in six years, is held in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2440. It is a first step towards a renewed negotiation process aimed at achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, said Tuesday evening an information note from the UN. .

See also: Western Sahara : first contact in six years between the Polisario and Morocco

The two-day work is taking place at the Palais des Nations with the participation of Algeria and Mauritania, as neighbors and observers, who have been invited by the UN SG's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

The Saharawis came to this round table with a delegation chaired by Khatri Addouh, and composed of the Sahrawi coordinator with the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), M'hamed Khaddad , the Sahrawi representative to the United Nations, Sidi Mohamed Omar, as well as the general secretary of the National Union of Saharawi women, Fatima Elmehdi and the adviser to the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Ali Zerouali.

The Moroccan delegation is led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita. On the Algerian side, the delegation is led by Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, accompanied by the Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations (New York), Sabri Boukadoum.

Mauritanians are represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and officials from his ministry. Horst K? Hler had a separate meeting with the various heads of delegations, including Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel. A press conference will be hosted by Horst K? Hler on Thursday at the end of the work.

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Journalist-Editor of the ALG24 website since December 2016. In the press since March 2014. Specialized in security and political information. E-mail: Phone number: 066 29 881 61

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