41st EUCOCO calls on new UN SG to conduct without delay decolonization of Western Sahara

Vilanova (Barcelona), 20 Nov 2016 (SPS) Participants in the 41st European Conference of Support and Solidarity with the Saharawi People (EUCOCO 2016) called Saturday at the end of the work of this international event, the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, "to carry out without delay the decolonization of Western Sahara".

In their final declaration, the participants urged the new UN SG" to allow the Saharawi people to freely exercise their right to self-determination" and thus put an end to "the Moroccan occupation, repression, Imprisonment and plundering of natural resources ".

"We call on the occasion of this Eucoco 2016, to put an end to the passivity of the Security Council in the face of the actions of the Morocco that acts with impunity," underlined the participants before demanding "the complete return of the civil component of MINURSO, and the reinstatement of its functions ".

They also welcomed the resistance of the Saharawi civilian populations who bravely still face the violent repression of the Moroccan occupier, and recalled "the urgent need to extend MINURSO's mandate to the protection of human rights in the Sahara Western ".

Moreover, the participants in (EUCOCO 2016) reminded the United Nations on the occasion of the COP22 in Morocco, "that a green occupation remains an occupation".

The EUCOCO, adds the final document, commends the African Union for its essential contribution to the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara, and denounces the unacceptable attempts of Morocco which, by its project of integration with the African Union, simply wants "to parasitize this continental organization without respect of the internal criteria contained in the Charter and the Constitutive Act of the African Union".

The Vilanova conference finally welcomes the work carried out during this 41st EUCOCO and gives an appointment to all the movements of solidarity and support to the Saharawi people throughout the world, next year in Paris.

This new edition of EUCOCO, attended by more than 300 people, representatives of the friendly associations with the Saharawi people, parliamentarians from various countries in Africa and Europe, representatives of Spanish political parties, allowed to pay tribute to the late President Mohamed Abdelaziz, who died on 31 May 2016 and to emphasize his qualities, his humanism and his determination to see the process of self-determination accomplished.

This international conference was also an opportunity to send a strong message of support to the new president of the SADR and Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, who has been subject to judicial maneuvers instrumentalized by the Moroccan propaganda. This gesture, which has been indicated, was noted, is in line with the acts of repression adopted by all the colonial powers against the great leaders of the liberation movements (SPS)