Morocco declares war on our people, we respond in self-defense (President of Republic)

Rome, 23 November 2020 (SPS) - The President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mr. Brahim Gali, said that Morocco has declared war on the Saharawi people after its military offensive attack on civilians in Guergerat, confirming that the Saharawi People’s Liberation Army is firmly responding in self-defense.

In statements to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, President Gali underlined that the Polisario Front earlier warned of any foolishness might be committed against Saharawi civilians by the Moroccan army or any civilian or security element, adding the POLISARIO viewed this aggressive attack as a declaration of war on the Saharawi people.

Saharawi president went on saying that the POLISARIO also informed the UN that it will “resolutely and vigorously respond to any hostile act in self-defense, and in defense of sovereignty and the protection of its citizens.

Criticizing the lack of interaction from the part of the UN, AU and many other countries to the repeated calls of the Saharawi party, Mr. Gali pointed out that the situation in the region remains unpredictable, blaming Mohamed VI’s kingdom of destroying the 1991-ceasefire.

On other hand, the President criticized the last Security Council resolution and UN chief’s report, which constituted another disappointment for the Saharawis and another example of the absence of a clear political will to speed up the implementation of the Settlement Plan, agreed upon by both parties and adopted by the Security Council.

He, in this respect, said the Polisario Front decided to reconsider its engagement in the political process, due to the failure to identify the party that obstructs this process and setting a clear and exact timetable for the referendum on self-determination for the Saharawi people.

Responding to a question regarding the peaceful protests in Guergerat, the President pointed out that the UN’s failure to ensure the Saharawis’ rights drove them to protest, in order to express their disappointment and frustration accumulated over 30 years and to denounce the dangerous deviation from fulfilling the promise of self-determination referendum.

POLISARIO Secretary General concluded by saying that the situation in Western Sahara is becoming tense after the ceasefire agreement is destroyed. (SPS)