Sahrawis celebrate 46th anniversary of Polisario Front creation

Shaheed Al-Hafeed, May 11, 2019 (SPS) - The Sahrawi people on Friday celebrated the 46th anniversary of the Polisario Front creation (10 May 1973), an event that coincides with achievements, both continental and international, enhanced with a commitment of the Sahrawi people to their right to self-determination.

The achievements made in favour of the Sahrawi cause reaffirm the recognition of the Polisario Front as the only legitimate representative of the Sahrawi people in their struggle for freedom and independence and the Sahrawi’s commitment to inalienable right to a self-determination referendum.

The Sahrawis celebrate this anniversary in the light of unprecedented international and continental developments and an increasing interest to the Sahrawi cause, notably the Security Council’s call for the reopening of negotiations between the Polisario Front and the Kingdom of Morocco.

On 5-6 December 2018, the United Nations had supervised a roundtable to revive the process to settle the Western Sahara conflict under respect to the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination. 

The UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, had chaired the second roundtable on Western Sahara, in the presence of Morocco, the Polisario Front, Algeria and Mauritania.

Moreover, the Security Council’s last decision (2468) on the six-month extension of the MINURSO mandate instead of one year reflects the interest the UN body attaches to the Sahrawi cause and its willingness to find a solution ensuring the self-determination of the Sahrawi people, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the Council.

The celebration of the 46th anniversary coincides with many political and diplomatic achievements including Western Sahara status as a founding member of the AUO (UA currently) despite the plots of Morocco and its allies.

The AU played a key role in the revival of the Sahrawi cause by constraining Morocco to sit alongside the Sahrawi during the meetings it organized, in addition to the European Union (EU). (SPS)