Sahrawi President urges UN to implement relevant resolutions

Bir Lehlu (Liberated territories), Dec 13, 2017 (SPS)- President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Secretary General of Frente POLISARIO Brahim Gali called on the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to intervene immediately to enforce implementation of UN decisions and recommendations related to Western Sahara.

The Sahrawi president underlined that the UN Security Council's resolution on the status of the buffer zone of Al Guerguerat, in accordance with the ceasefire agreement "has not been implemented yet."

In a letter to the UN Secretary General after the release of the annual recommendations of the General Assembly on decolonization, President Gali wrote "POLISARIO can no longer accept the situation on the ground because the Moroccan presence in the area constitutes a direct violation of the ceasefire agreement and an illegal unilateral change of the status quo, hence the need for a solution as soon as possible," said Wednesday the Sahrawi news agency SPS.

The Sahrawi president expressed concerns over the absence of UN response to Morocco's "colonialist practices" in Western Sahara and recalled "UN's legal and moral responsibility" towards the Sahrawi people and their inalienable right to self-determination and independence.

President Gali added that Moroccan authorities "continue to consider Western Sahara as part of its national territory, in a blatant violation of the international law and the UN resolutions, and continue its violation of the fundamental rights of defenceless Sahrawis, especially human rights activists, in the occupied territories of Western Sahara."

Moroccan authorities also "continue systematic plundering of the natural resources of Western Sahara despite the ruling by the European Union Court of Justice reaffirming that Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara and its natural resources," said the Sahrawi president.

He also recalled the blockade imposed on the occupied territories and the ban on journalists, international observers and human rights activists, and even on UN officials, he added.SPS