Lesotho stands with the people of Western Sahara’s quest for independence

New York (United Nations) 26 September 2020 (SPS)- The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Honorable Dr. Moeketsi Majoro, afirmed that “Lesotho will continue to stand with the people of Western Sahara in their quest for independence”, in his address before the 75th UN General Assembly Today.

“The situation in Western Sahara also merits our attention. The General Assembly has consistently reaffirmed the inalienable right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination. We express our disappointment at the lack of progress in this regard,” he stressed.

He further recalled that “twenty-nine years have passed since the Security Council approved the Settlement Plan and subsequently established the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), with the mandate to implement the plan.”

He criticised the UN Security Council failure so far to implement its relevant resolutions on the conflict, considering It was “unfortunate that the self-determination referendum has not been held and the Security Council appears reluctant to use all diplomatic tools at its disposal to ensure compliance with the peace plan.”

He further considered that the UN should not abandon African Union’s efforts to find African solutions to African problems, stressing that “the determination of Africa to address, through the AU, the problem of conflicts on the continent should not be misconstrued as absolving the United Nations from its responsibility for peace and security where Africa is concerned.” (SPS)

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