GENEVA- The representative of the Polisario Front in Switzerland, Omeima Mahmoud Abdel Salam, reiterated the rejection of the Saharawi people and their only representative, the Polisario Front, of any solution outside the exercise of his inalienable right to self-determination, in order to express himself in a fair, democratic and transparent manner on the future of Western Sahara under the auspices of the United Nations.
In an interview with radio "Tres Puntos" after the round table held Wednesday and Thursday in Geneva, the Saharawi diplomat said that "the Saharawi people ask the international community only to guarantee the exercising his right to self-determination, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council ".
She also recalled that "the Saharawi people had made great sacrifices for their freedom and the sovereignty of their State, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, over the whole of its territory and its natural resources", regretting "the attempts from France to the Security Council to frustrate any initiative to enable our people to exercise their legitimate rights and put an end to their endured suffering. "
Moreover, the Saharawi diplomat condemned the negative role played by the Commission and the Council of the EU through their illegal involvement with the Moroccan occupation in the systematic looting of the natural resources of the Sahara in flagrant violation of international law and judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The discussions took place in an "atmosphere of serious commitment, of frankness and mutual respect," said a statement on Thursday sanctioning the round table on Western Sahara.
"All the discussions took place in an atmosphere of serious commitment, frankness and mutual respect.The delegations agreed that the Personal Envoy would invite them to a second roundtable in the first quarter of 2019," he said. the press release
"At the invitation of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, delegations of both parties to the conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front, Algeria and Mauritania, as neighbors and observers, participated in a first roundtable on 5 and 6 December 2018 in Geneva, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2440, "he said.
Resolution 2440 of the Security Council on 31 October urged Morocco and the Polisario Front, the legal representative of the people of Western Sahara, to resume negotiations "without preconditions and in good faith" with a view to to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that allows the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.
According to the final communiqué, delegations reported on recent developments, discussed regional issues and discussed next steps in the political process for Western Sahara.
"All delegations recognized that cooperation and regional integration, rather than confrontation, were the best ways to address the many important challenges facing the region," the statement concluded.