Monday, November 28, 2005

Time for Sanction against Morocco

Polisario asks for sanctions against Morocco to compel it comply with the international legality

Bir Lehlu (liberated territories), 28/11/2005 (SPS) Polisario Front's National Secretariat (NS)called on the international community to impose sanctions against Morocco in order to compel it comply with the international legality, underlining that any approach outside the self-determination referendum of the Saharawi people will fail, indicated a press release publicised by the SN on Saturday.

"the National Secretariat calls on the international community to assume its responsibility by imposing severe sanctions on the Moroccan Government in order that it complies with the dictates of international legality by engaging in the immediate implementation either of the UN-OAU original plan approved in 1991, or the "peace plan for self-determination of the people of Western Sahara" that was approved by the Security Council in its resolution 1495 (July 2003)", the press release underlined.

Reiterating the Saharawi party's willingness to continue cooperating with the UN, the NS reaffirmed tat the solution to the conflict of Western Sahara "must be brought about solely on the basis of the respect for and implementation of the plans that have been approved by the Security Council, and, as a decolonisation issue, the Saharawi question can only be settled through the holding of a free, fair and transparent referendum for the self-determination of the Saharawi people".
And thus, "any proposal or approach to the solution, which places itself outside this framework, will always be doomed to failure and will only lead to protracting the conflict and thus to prolonging the sufferings of the brotherly Saharawi and Moroccan peoples alike", stressed the press release issued after the holding of an extraordinary session of the highest Saharawi political body, under the presidency of the Head of the Saharawi State, Mohamed Abdelaziz.
Concerning the last developments in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, the NS hailed the "steadfastness of the Saharawi people and their determination to carry on the peaceful Intifada for independence and to continuously widen its scope in the framework of a peaceful, civilised activist movement defending legitimate demands that are enshrined in all international laws and conventions".
It also paid tribute to "the high spirit of patriotism and unreserved sacrifice exhibited by our citizens in those territories as well as their heroic commitment to the defence of the right of our people to self-determination and independence".
On another hand, the NS expressed anew its condemnation to "the brutal, repressive policy pursued by the Moroccan authorities against the defenceless Saharawi citizens, which has led to tragic consequences one of which was the death of the young Martyr Lembarki Hamdi Salek Mahdjub", denouncing "strongly the violations of human rights and the practices of torture, terrorisation, abduction, detention that are employed by the Moroccan Government against our people. The toll of victims includes dozens of political prisoners of conscience, hundreds of injured persons comprising women, children and elderly as well as ravaged houses of many Saharawi families".
Paying a deserved tribute to Saharawi political prisoners " unjustly being detained in the Moroccan jails", the NS demanded "the immediate and unconditional release of the detainees; the lifting of the military siege and information blackout imposed on the occupied territories; and allowing access to the Territory by delegations of international observers, organisations and media. It equally calls on the international community to embark immediately on bringing to court the Moroccans responsible for perpetrating the gross violations of human rights in Western Sahara".
Discussing the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, this February the 27th 2006, the NS designated a national preparatory committee and decided to postpone local conferences. The national event will be thus celebrated in Tifariti at the same moment of e holding of th European annual conference of coordination of the support to the Saharawi people (EUCOCO), the press release added.

The NS "expressed its satisfaction at the success of the Sixth Congress of the UJSARIO, Congress of Martyr Lembarki Hamdi Salek Mahdjub, and at the high spirit of responsibility and democracy, which has characterised it", besides the success of the 13th Festival of Saharawi Culture and Arts as well as the annual conference of Saharawi community in Mauritania that coincided with these two important events.
Finally, a special motion was dedicated to Algeria, under the leadership of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in which the NS expressed its gratitude to Algerian people and State for "the principled positions of support and solidarity constantly exhibited by her in consonance with international legality and the tenets of opposing injustice and ensuring respect for human rights and peoples' rights, a prime right of which is the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence". (SPS)
28 1100 nov 05 SPS

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