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Algeria hosts the next meeting of International Parliamentary Network in Support of Western Sahara

Participants in the International Parliamentary Conference in Support for Self-Determination in Western Sahara, held today, Friday, in the German capital Berlin, decided to hold the next meeting of the International Parliamentary Network in Support for Self-Determination in Western Sahara in Algeria.

The final declaration of the parliamentary meeting held simultaneously with the proceedings of the 46th Conference of the European Coordination for Support and Solidarity with the Saharawi People (EUCOCO), today, Friday, stated that it was decided to support and strengthen the International Parliamentary Network in Support for Western Sahara and to hold its next meeting in Algeria, “in return for its continuous support for the right of the Saharawi people to self determination, independence and refugee protection”, calling on other parliaments around the world to join in supporting their struggle for the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence.

During the meeting, the participants expressed their “deep concern” about the failure of the United Nations to organize a self-determination referendum, despite its presence in the region for more than thirty years, stressing that “these conditions do not only harm the Sahrawi people, but also the resistance of other peoples who are fighting against foreign occupation”.

In this context, the parliamentarians called on the United Nations to “assume its responsibilities without further delay to settle the conflict in Western Sahara by organizing the long-awaited referendum, and to enable the Saharawi people to freely exercise their right to self-determination.”

Meanwhile, the meeting condemned “human rights violations in the occupied Sahrawi territories, committed on a daily and systematic basis by the occupying power, in full view of the United Nations Mission to Organize the Referendum in Western Sahara without the latter being able to intervene,” which requires “a mandate to the MINURSO mission to monitor the human rights situation and protecting defenseless Sahrawi civilians.

The parliamentarians also strongly denounced “the new position of the Spanish government on the Western Sahara cause” and called for “the need for Madrid to resort to international legitimacy (…) and assume its historical responsibility in completing the decolonization of Western Sahara.”

In the end, the final declaration commended the “heroic resistance” of the Sahrawi people who are fighting for their inalienable right to live in peace, freedom and independence in their own country.

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