Adoption by Security Council of resolution confirms Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination

Algiers, May 1, 2017 (SPS) - The Sahrawi ambassador to Algiers Bouchraya Hamoudi Bayoune affirmed Sunday that the adoption by UN Security Council of a resolution on the extension of the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and the obligation to begin negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario Front without prerequisites, confirm the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination, adding that this is a response to “all the Moroccan plots against the legitimate Sahrawi cause.”

In a statement to APS, Bouchraya said that the Sahrawi government “welcomed favourably the adoption by the Security Council of the resolution 2351 (2017) promulgated Friday on Western Sahara.” In this regard, he added that this resolution reaffirms the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination, calls for negotiations without prerequisites and underlines the need to give a fresh impetus to the peace process in the region.”

“This decision rejects, undoubtedly, all the attempts of Morocco and its allies, notably France, aimed at straying the Sahrawi cause from its legal path by causing crises, as it is the case in the region of Guerguerat,” he added.

The Sahrawi diplomat said that the UN decision comes to confirm once again that “the non-respect of the clauses of the ceasefire of 1991 is behind the crisis of Guerguerat, forcing the Security Council to impose the respect of its clauses and to designate UN Secretary General to follow its implementation by the concerned parties.” (SPS)

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