The Saharawi expects the Geneva meeting to be "a first step towards self-determination"

ALGER – The representative of the Polisario front in France, Oubbi Bouchraya Bachir, said Tuesday that the Saharawi people and their leadership are waiting for the meeting, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Geneva between Morocco and the Polisario Front, as a first step towards the exercise of the right to self-determination through a free and fair referendum, the emphasis on the Polisario's attachment to this option, as the only solution to the Saharawi question.

Contacted by telephone, Mr. Oubbi Bouchraya said that the Polisario representatives will take part in the Geneva negotiations as part of a "clear roadmap, based on the last two decisions of the Security Council."

Stressing that this road map focuses on three main points, he explained that this is, first, the precise definition of the parties to the conflict, namely the occupying State "the Kingdom of Morocco" and the legitimate representative of the Saharawi people deprived of their right to self-determination for more than four decades, "the Polisario Front".

The second point relates to "the resumption of direct negotiations between the two parties without preconditions and in good faith," he added, saying that this is an end of failure to receive Moroccan conditions, including the option of autonomy

The last point, he said, sets the final objective of the process, in this case "to allow the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination in accordance with the principles and charter of the UN ".

After having indicated that the negotiating framework with the Moroccan side was clearly defined by the Security Council, the representative of the Polisario Front said he did not exclude "maneuvers" to which the Moroccan occupier could resort to jeopardize the process. of peace, saying that "the Polisario is ready to face it as it has been the case in previous meetings."

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For Mr. Bouchraya, the proposed agenda corresponds, from a methodological point of view, to the fact that this meeting is the first in six years, and that it is a preliminary meeting whose purpose is to break the ice and initiate a process that must lead to the settlement of the conflict by allowing the Saharawi people to exercise their irrevocable right to self-determination and independence. "

Proposed items relate to the evaluation of the process, the shutdown since 2012, to date and the consideration of next steps in the post-Geneva negotiations process in addition to the situation in the region in general, he said.

At this meeting, the Polisario Front will express, as the legitimate representative of its people, its point of view, known to all and which remains "in total harmony" with the legal status of the conflict and the territory, a- he insisted affirming that "the Polisario is ready to pay part of the bill of just and lasting peace, without prejudice to the sacred right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and sovereignty over its territory, and of which he is the only to have the right to fix the final legal status.

This is a "red line" for us as well as for international law, he argued.

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lettifi mohamed saber

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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