Friday, November 18, 2005

SADR called for urgent UN intervention

Bir Lehlu (liberated territories), 17/11/2005(SPS) The President of the Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, warned the UN’s Secretary General, Kofi Annan, in a letter he sent on Thursday, about a "probable genocide" in El Aaiun, calling to "a urgent UN’s intervention" in order to "prevent new abuses", to protect Saharawi citizens and guarantee them their legitimate right to demonstration, free expression and movement.

"The entry in action of the Moroccan army with its full equipments and military vehicles constitutes a serious development which consequences may lead to a real blood shed that may be perpetrated under the watching eyes of the entire world and of the UN’s mission on the ground, Minurso", the President of the Republic warned in his letter, of which SPS received a copy.

The Head of the State recalled that since October the 12th peaceful protests, in the main cities of the territory especially in the capital, El Aaiun, took "a new exceptional dimension regarding their increase of the peaceful movement of protest that claims for the organisation of a self-determination referendum without more delays, the release of Saharawi political prisoners and the respect of the fundamental rights".

A state of urgencies was set up in the occupied territories characterised, the President of the Republic stresses, by "the control of the army", which tightened its grab on the city of El Aaiun "putting it under a state of siege since November the 14th that engendered the arrest and torture of hundreds innocent citizens and the hurting of dozens others, as well as the ransacking and plundering of many houses whose owners were brutalised", he indicated.

"This situation created a climate of terror that aggravates an already complicated situation" (...) "added to a blind repression undertaken by the different corps of security famous by their heinous aggressively against Saharawi citizens", he said.

The President of the Republic also recalled Mr. Annan that he informed him many times in the past on "the explosive situation in the occupied zones of Western Sahara due to the Moroccan authorities’ systematic practice of repression against demonstrators who claim self-determination for the Saharawi people, the release of the political prisoners and the respect of the fundamental rights". He estimated that "the cruel assassination by the Moroccan police of Martyr Lembarki Hamdi, last October the 29th, is a proof in itself" on the gravity of the situation.

Mr. Abdelaziz expressed his "deep concern" about the new conjuncture in the territory and the "dangers of the successive abuses that may lead to the instability of the entire region and to the jeopardizing of the UN’s efforts for the enforcement of a peaceful solution aiming at decolonizing Western Sahara".

The President of the Republic also asked for the opening of the territory to observers, NGOs and foreign Medias and to the quick enforcement of the Peace Plan for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, unanimously adopted in the UN’s Security Council’s resolution 1495 (July 2003).

He finally estimated that "the refusal by Morocco to abide by the international legality, its persistence in the human rights violations and the delays by the international community to assume its legal and moral responsibilities vis-à-vis Western Sahara –the non-self-governing territory- until the organization of a referendum, opens the doors to a probable human tragedy" in Western Sahara. (SPS)

010/090/100/TRD 171636 nov 05 SPS

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