December 2020

Russia: Trump is violating international law by backing Morocco’s claims to Western Sahara

Moscow (Russia) 11 December 2020 (SPS)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mikhail Bogdanov, told journalists Today according to RT, that Trump’s move to back Morocco’s claims to sovereignty over the Western Sahara undermines international efforts in the region.

UK position on Western Sahara remains unchanged and supports right to self-determination

London (Uk) 11 December 2020 (SPS)- First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Dominic Rennie Raab, stated Today that the United Kingdom position on Western Sahara remains unchanged”, in response to Trump’s recent announcement of the normalisation of relations between Israel and Morocco and Trump’s recognition of Moroccan occupation.

Jeremy Corbyn calls for condemnation of Trump’s recognition of Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara

London (Uk) 11 December 2020 (SPS)- Former leader of UK Labour Party, Mr. Jeremy Corbyn, considered that Trump’s recognition of Morocco’s illegal occupation of Western Sahara must be condemned internationally, in a twit he published Today.

“Trump's recognition of Morocco's illegal occupation of Western Sahara must be condemned internationally,” Mr. Corbyn wrote.

UN position on Western Sahara remains unchanged despite Trump’s position

New York (United Nations) 11 December 2020 (SPS)- United Nations position on Western Sahara remains unchanged despite position voiced by outgoing US President, Donald Trump, indicated UN Secretary General’s Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, yesterday evening.

WSCUK: Trump’s proclamation undermines US ability to play a role in the solution in Western Sahara

London (UK) 11 December 2020 (SPS)- UK Western Sahara Campaign regretted, Today in a press release, US outgoing President, Donald Trump’s proclamation of Moroccan sovereignty on Western Sahara, considering it a serious damage “to the international standing of the US” because of “the dangerous precedent it sets.”

US. Senator Patrick Leahy: “Trump cannot negate international law by proclamations”

Washington (USA) 11 December 2020 (SPS)- Senior Uited States Senator from Vermont, Democrat Patrick Leahy, stressed in a Twit that President Trump cannot negate international law in Western Sahara through a “proclamation”.

“After losing his own bid for re-election, President Trump cannot by “proclamation” negate international law or the rights of the people of Western Sahara,” he slammed.

US. Congresswomen condemns Trump’s unilateral decision on Western Sahara

Washington (USA) 11 December 2020 (SPS)- US Representative for Minnesota's Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives, Betty McCollum, condemned President Trump’s unilateral promise to Morocco on Western Sahara, in a twit answering Trump’s Twits on the subject yesterday evening.

Top US House Democrat warns against Trump “casting aside legitimate multilateral avenues of conflict resolution” in Western Sahara

Washington (USA) 11 December 2020 (SPS)- The top House Democrat with oversight of foreign affairs, Rep. Eliot Engel, warned Thursday that Trump's move to recognize Morocco’s claims in Western Sahara threatens legitimate multilateral efforts to solve long-standing conflicts.

US Senator Jim Inhofe considers Trump’s statement on Western Sahara “shocking and deeply disappointing”

Washington (USA) 11 December 2020 (SPS)- US Senator for Oklahoma and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Jim Inhofe, considered President’s Donal Trump statement on Western Sahara yesterday “shocking and deeply disappointing”.

Trump´s position constitutes a flagrant violation of UN Charter its resolutions and Int'l legality' precepts (Frente POLISARIO)

Bir Lehlou, Dec10, 2020 (SPS) - The Government of the Sahrawi Republic and the Frente POLISARIO has condemned in the strongest possible terms the decision taken by the outgoing US President Donald Trump to recognise that which Morocco does not possess, namely “sovereignty over Western Sahara”, in press release a copy of which obtained by SPS

Frente POLISARIO welcomes AU last position 14th Extraordinary Summit

Chahid El-Hafed, Dec10, 2020 (SPS) - The Permanent Bureau of the National Secretariat welcomed the invitation of the African Union (AU) to the two members of its organization, the Sahrawi Republic and the Kingdom of Morocco, to get involved in search for a just and lasting solution based on respect for the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.

Moroccan continuing assault against Sahrawi people has created "instability" in region

Bir Lehlou (Liberated Territories), 9 December 2020 (SPS) - The Moroccan assault which has continued since 1975 against the Sahrawi people has caused an "overall and lasting instability" throughout the region, Sahrawi Foreign Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Salek said on Tuesday.

Pretoria rebuts France 24 fake news relayed by Morocco’s MAP

Pretoria, 9 December 2020 (SPS) -The Government of South-Africa vigorously contested the fake news broadcast by the news website and relayed by the MAP news agency, which attributed to President Cyril Ramaphosa false statements on Pretoria’s stance on Western Sahara.

El Guerguerat crisis: Convergence of views between Algeria, Russia, says Beliaev

Algiers, 9 December 2020 (SPS) - Russia's ambassador to Algeria, Igor Beliaev, expressed Tuesday the "convergence of views" between Moscow and Algiers on the crisis of El Guerguerat, Western Sahara, reiterating the position of his country which calls for restraint.

In an interview with Russian news agency Sputnik, Beliaev said "that after the recent escalation of the conflict in Western Sahara, we continue the dialogue with Algeria at different levels."

Sahrawi Foreign Minister: “Moroccan aggression against Sahrawi people threatens security of entire region"

Bir Lehlu (Sahrawi Republic), Dec 08, 2020 (SPS) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Mr. , affirmed today that “the Moroccan aggression against the Saharawi people that continues since 1975 represents a security threat in the region”.

Namibia calls for independence of Western Sahara, ridding Africa from the vestiges of colonialism

Windhoek (Namibia) 08 December 2020 (SPS)- The Vice President of the Republic of Namibia, Hon. Dr. Nangolo Mbumba, called for ridding Africa from the vestiges of colonialism, in his country’s speech befoe the AU 14th Extraordinary Summit on Silencing the Guns held last Sunday.

Saharawi President to AU Summit: Morocco must be obliged to abide by objectives and principles of AU Constitutive Act (text of the Speech)

Bir Lehlou (Saharawi Republic) 08 December 2020 (SPS)- The President of the Saharawi Republic, H.E. Mr. Brahim Ghali, declared in his Remarks before the African Union Extraordinary Summit on Silencing the Guns, Today, that Morocco must be obliged to abide by the objectives and principles of the Constitutive Act.

President Ghali urges for African effort to silence guns

Addis Ababa, 7 December 2020 (SPS) - President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Brahim Ghali called on African Union and its Peace and Security Council (PSC) to assume responsibility in the face of the Moroccan aggression against the Sahrawi people, and to work for silencing the guns in Western Sahara through a firm and determined African effort.

AU Summit: Broad African support to Sahrawi people’s self-determination

Johannesburg, 7 December 2020 (SPS) - The African leaders reiterated their support to the Sahrawi cause, strongly condemning the violation of the ceasefire agreement by the Moroccan occupation authorities following the military aggression in El-Gueguerat, and called for the holding of a self-determination referendum in Western Sahara.

Ramaphosa calls for holding referendum on self-determination

Petoria, 7 December 2020 (SPS) - South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, expressed on Sunday his deep concern regarding the situation in Western Sahara, calling for "every effort to be made to facilitate the holding of a referendum on self-determination" of the Sahrawi people.

Western Sahara issue back on AU PSC agenda

Algiers, 7 December 2020 (SPS) -The Western Sahara issue is back on the agenda of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) in accordance with the decision taken on Sunday by the continental organization ahead of the summit themed “Silencing the guns in Africa,” reported Algerian News Agency (APS). 

Western Sahara question: New stage of accelerating search for solution

Algiers, 7 December 2020 (SPS) - Sahrawi Ambassador to Algeria Abdelkader Taleb Omar said Sunday in Algiers that the assault Morocco has launched last November 13th in El-Guerguerat (south-west of Western Sahara) marked a new stage of Western Sahara question as the search for a solution is accelerating after years of inertia.

The Sahrawi ambassador has received a delegation from the Algerian Youth Association.

President Brahim Ghali demands withdrawal of Morocco from occupied territories

Bir Lehlou (Sahrawi Republic), 7 December 2020 (SPS) - President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) Brahim Ghali, called upon the African Union (AU) to put pressure on Morocco to end "the illegal military occupation of parts of the territory" of Western Sahara.

Organizations expose oppression of Sahrawi journalists in occupied territories

El Aaiun (Occupied Territories), 7 December 2020 (SPS) - Four Sahrawi and international organizations have published a report calling for urgent measures to face Moroccan occupation's oppression against Sahrawi journalists in the occupied territories, disclosing that more than 35 young Sahrawis have been arrested since the breakdown of the ceasefire.

Algeria calls to revive political settlement process in Western Sahara

Algiers, 7 December 2020 (SPS) - Algeria reiterated Sunday its call to the need to “revive the political settlement process” of the conflict in Western Sahara, calling on the African Union (AU) to “fulfill its mission of preserving African peace and security” in the light of the serious developments that this issue has experienced recently.