Algeria reaffirms that Western Sahara conflict is a question of decolonization

Algiers, 13 December 2020 (SPS) – Algeria has reaffirmed that Western Sahara conflict is a question of decolonization which can only be resolved through the application of the international law, said Saturday a communiqué of Foreign Ministry.

"The conflict of Western Sahara is a question of decolonization which can only be resolved through  the application of the international law and the well-established charter of the United Nations and the African Union in this matter, which provides for the authentic exercise by the Sahrawi people of their inalienable right to self-determination and independence, in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 1514 (XV) on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, of which the international community is celebrating this year, the 60th anniversary,” the communiqué added.

In this regard, the proclamation of 4 December, announced on 10th, is “stripped of legal effect, because it upends all the UN resolutions and in particular those of the Security Council on Western Sahara question, the last being the Resolution 2548 of October 30, 2020, drafted and defended by the American “penholder.”

The foreign ministry also warned that it (the proclamation) "could undermine the de-escalation efforts deployed in all directions in order to prepare the ground for the launch of a real political process and to convince the two conflicting parties, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front, to engage, without conditions, on the path of dialogue, under the aegis of the United Nations, supported by the African Union."

Algeria, whose position is based on international legality against the logic of force and dubious markets, reiterates its unwavering support for the just cause of the Saharawi people, concluded the communiqué of Foreign Ministry.

For the African National Congress (ANC), which learned with “dismay” of the announcement of the US outgoing president,  said that “the international and progressive forces of the continent and the world must condemn this agreement.”

While condemning the decision of the outgoing American president, the Sahrawi government and the Polisario Front underlined “a blatant violation of the UN charter and the international legality.”

The Sahrawi government and Polisario Front affirmed that “the decision of President Trump will not change, in any circumstances, the status of the Sahrawi cause and that the international community doesn’t recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, as it is the property of the Sahrawi people.”

For his part, Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed that “Trump’s decision is legally invalid and a politically thoughtless position.”

The United Nations announced on Thursday that its position remains unchanged on Western Sahara. (SPS)