EUCOCO: For renewed solidarity with Sahrawi people in their struggle for independence

Algiers, Oct 20, 2017 (SPS) – The 42nd European Coordinating Conference of Support to the Sahrawi People (EUCOCO 2017), to take place in Paris, France, on 21 and 22 October, is a major annual event during which the participants would reaffirm their support to the Sahrawi cause and the inalienable right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination and independence.

During the conference, which will be held under the slogan "Self-determination of Sahrawi people, an inalienable right," there will be workshops focusing mainly on three themes: political situation, human rights and natural resources, said the organizers on their website.

The participants will present the achievements and prospects of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and the Polisario Front, with a view to better coordinating the urgent humanitarian aid and aid for development.

During the 2016 edition, held in Spain's Villanova, the participants called on the international community to exert pressure on Morocco and the Spanish government to put an end to the illegal occupation of the Sahrawi territories.

This year's edition will be an opportunity to develop the theme of human rights in Western Sahara, through the experience of the defence of Gdeim Izik prisoners, as well as by calling for the setting-up of a mechanism for human rights monitoring and the extension of the mandate of the United Nations Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). (SPS)