Algeria rejects "misleading" Moroccan report regarding Western Sahara conflict

New York (United Nations), 5 November 2021 (SPS) - Algerian diplomat at the UN, Manel El-Ayoubi, rejected the "misleading" Moroccan report aimed at distorting the legal and political realities of the Western Sahara conflict and whitewashing Morocco's colonial practices in this non-self-governing territory.

The Algerian diplomat reacted to the hostile remarks made Wednesday by Morocco's permanent representative to the UN, Omar Hilale, before the 76th session of the general debate of the UN Fourth Committee, in charge of special political issues and decolonization, in which he blamed Algeria for the "creation" and "maintenance" of regional dispute in Western Sahara.

"We are forced to address the biased and distorted discourse of the Moroccan delegation and to recall that the issue of Western Sahara is and remains on the agenda of this august assembly since 1963 as a decolonization issue falling under the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples," said the Algerian diplomat before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly.

"In accordance with resolutions 1514 and 1540 as well as the legal advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 1975, the completion of Western Sahara decolonization must be achieved through the exercise, by its people, of their inalienable right to self-determination," she recalled.

"The recommendations of the 2021 regional seminar of the C24 as reflected in the report submitted to this committee, as well as the latest Security Council resolution adopted (2602), recalled the need to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution that would allow the right to self-determination of Sahrawi people," she added.

The Algerian representative to the UN said that "the far-fetched and hollow rhetoric of the Moroccan authorities aiming to present Algeria as the protagonist of a so-called regional conflict is nothing but another attempt by Morocco to hide behind a smokescreen of lies its cruel colonial nature.

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