President Ghali warns France against any unilateral approach

Auserd (Refugee Camps), December 9, 2017 (SPS) - The president of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and the secretary-general of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, on Friday warned against "any unilateral approach" that does not take into consideration the realities of Western Sahara conflict, adding that such an attitude "will not serve peace and cooperation in North Africa and the southern Mediterranean.

Ghali, in an opening address at the ninth congress of the youth Union of Saguia El Hamra and Rio de Oro (UJSARIO), in the Aousserd camps, urged France "to abide by the charter and the resolutions of the United Nations and African Union," reiterating that "the UN has clearly determined how to settle Western Sahara conflict."

This way, Ghali said, is "based on the respect of the right to self-determination and decolonization," adding that the parties to the conflict are the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front, which is the only legitimate representative of Western Sahara people."

The Saharawi leader said Western Sahara youths are "in the vanguard" of the Saharawi people's struggle, and form the pillar and the striking force of the Saharawi army.

Ghali, in addition, greeted the efforts of the Saharawi army which is facing various "security challenges, such as the organized crime and terrorism, backed by Morocco which is the world's major producer and exporter of cannabis."

The Saharawi leader said the African Union, which has received Western Sahara as an AU founder and full member, has expressed its position of principle over the conflict, urging the United Nations to "take an urgent action to set free all Saharawi prisoners, including those of "Gdeim Izik," and lift the blockade imposed on the occupied territories of Western Sahara." (SPS)