Polisario Front has affirmed that the Security Council’s failure to take any concrete measures to face up to the dangerous consequences of Morocco’s violation of the ceasefire agreement leaves the door wide open to the escalation of the ongoing war.
In a statement issued by the Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Sidi Mohamed Ammar, following today’s meeting of the UN Security Council on the Sahara issue, the Polisario Front considered that the Security Council’s failure to take any concrete measures to face up to the dangerous consequences of Morocco’s violation of the 1991 ceasefire and its new aggression on the liberated Sahrawi territories and its illegal actions in the occupied Sahrawi territories not only undermines the prospects for reviving the peace process, but also leaves the door wide open to the escalation of the ongoing war.
The statement added that the Polisario Front remains committed to cooperating with the African Union and the United Nations in order to reach a peaceful, just and lasting solution and end colonialism in Western Sahara on the basis of the free and democratic exercise of the Sahrawi people of their inalienable and non-negotiable right to self-determination and independence.
The Polisario Front affirmed that the appointment of a new Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Western Sahara is not an end in itself, but rather a means to facilitate an efficient and time-bound peace process leading to the Sahrawi people’s exercise of their inalienable right to self-determination and independence in all freedom and democracy. For this, the statement adds, the Polisario Front also affirms that neutrality, objectivity, competence, and integrity are essential conditions for any new personal envoy to restore confidence in the peace process and succeed in his mission.
In the face of the ongoing Moroccan aggression and the inaction of the United Nations, the Polisario Front said, “The Sahrawi people have no choice but to exercise their legitimate right to self-defense and continue their liberation struggle to defend their sovereignty and achieve their national aspirations for freedom and independence.”
Regarding the holding by the UN Security Council today of a consultation session behind closed-door on the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), the statement underlined that it constituted another favorable occasion for the Council to express its actual commitment to a peaceful, just and lasting solution to the issue of decolonization in Western Sahara and to translate this commitment into real action, however, the Council chose a position of inaction and did not produce any tangible result, adding that on account of the seriousness of the current situation, it is regrettable that the Security Council has missed another opportunity to put things into their context and hold the Moroccan occupying state fully responsible for the serious repercussions of its documented violation of the 1991 ceasefire and the military agreement No. 1 of November 13, 2020, as well as its ongoing aggressions on the liberated Sahrawi territories.