Botswana reaffirms its unwavering support to the Sahrawi people right to self-determination

New York, Oct 16, 2018 (SPS) – the first secretary of mission of the Republic of Botswana to the United Nation,  Ms. Lorato L Motsumi has reaffirmed Botswana's unwavering support for the aspirations of peoples under colonial rule to exercise their right to self-determination, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and its relevant resolutions.

“I take the floor today to speak on matters related to the issue of decolonization. In this connection, I reaffirm Botswana's unwavering support for the aspirations of peoples under colonial rule to exercise their right to self-determination, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and its relevant resolutions.” Lorato L Motsumi says in her intervention at the deliberations of the Fourth Committee during the 73rd Session of the General Assembly.

The Botswana diplomat has expressed her country support to the people of Western in their quest for self- determination and independence, noting with deep concern the continued stalemate in the resolution of the question of Western Sahara as well as reports of human rights abuses in the occupied territories and the continued illegal exploitation of their natural resources.

She has welcomeed the renewed efforts by the African Union and the United Nations led by the Secretary General's Personal Envoy to Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, to resume negotiations between the Frente POLISARIO and the Kingdom of Morocco, calling for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that fulfills the will of the people of Western Sahara

She went on saying that the Sahrawi people have the right to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination through a referendum wherein the Sahrawi could freely choose their future. In this context, urging the international community to continue to support such efforts without preconditions, with a view to create a conducive living environment for the Sahrawi People.

“It is our long-held view that as long as there are people living under colonial and foreign occupation and domination, there will be no peace, development, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all. With that in mind, we implore the United Nations to fulfill its responsibility and expedite the process of decolonization towards the complete eradication of colonialism.”  Lorato L Motsumi stresses in her address SPS

 

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