47th EUCOCO: African, Latin American Representatives reiterate Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination

Sun, 12/03/2023 - 20:43

Toledo (Spain) 3 December 2023 (SPS) - Representatives from Africa and Latin America reiterated Sunday, in Toledo (Spain), their support to the struggle of the Sahrawi people for self-determination and independence.

“South Africa supports and is in solidarity with the Sahrawi people in their struggle for their country’s independence, self-determination and territorial integrity,” the first political secretary of the South-African embassy in Algeria Bernard Legodo Koporo told APS, a day after the wrap-up of the 47th Conference of European Coordination for Support and Solidarity with the Sahrawi People (EUCOCO).

He underlined that his country called for “the implementation of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations and of the constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) to enable the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to independence and freedom.”

For her part, the professor of public international law and international relations, the founder of the department on Western Sahara at the Institute of International Relations at the national university of La Plata in Argentina, Luz Marina Mateo, lamented the fact that the Sahrawi cause isn’t known in her country.

In this regard, she stressed that the Moroccan lobby is deploying, according to her, “huge resources to hide the reality of what is happening in Western Sahara.”

In this regard, Luz Mateo underlined that her work of solidarity with the Sahrawi people consists in organizing cultural events likely to raise awareness among the Argentinians on the Sahrawi cause, calling on his country to recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

The 47th EUCOCO Conference wrapped up Saturday evening in Toledo after two days of works with the adoption of the final declaration in which the support to the Sahrawi people in their struggle for self-determination and independence was reiterated.