Saturday, October 21, 2006

Polisario's representative to UN

Annan's report establishes limits to the Moroccan illusions, Mr. Boukhari affirms
New York, 19/10/2006 (SPS) Polisario Front's Representative to the UN, Mr. Boukhari Ahmed, declared that the UN Secretary General's report on Western Sahara, publicised on Wednesday, "established limits to the illusions of Morocco to implicate in its operation aiming to legitimise its colonial occupation" of the Saharawi territory.
In the same time, he underlined, "the objective of the proposed negotiations (between Polisario Front and Morocco) must be the exercise by the Saharawi people of their right to the self-determination". He further noted that the UN Secretary General has stressed that the Security Council "remains attached to the self-determination referendum".
"These political elements that confirm the structure of the report put the conflict in its real nature as a problem of decolonisation and clearly established limits to the illusions of Morocco to implicate the UN in its operation aiming to legitimise its colonial occupation of our country", he said.
the UN Secretary general, the Saharawi diplomat stressed, has considered in his report that the international community "does not recognise to Morocco any pretended sovereignty on the Western Sahara and that the UN can in no way endorse or support a plan that excludes Saharawi people's right to free self-determination".
Mr. Boukhari considered such a position as a response to "the Moroccan pretensions and propaganda", since the UN Secretary General and his Special Envoy estimate "the idea of a referendum that excludes the option of independence as inconceivable".
Recalling the anterior Secretary General's report, publicised last April, Mr. Boukhari estimated that things were clearly set right when Mr. Annan indicated that "any kind of negotiations must be between the Polisario Front and Morocco".
Expressing Polisario Front's "satisfaction" about the statement of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Boukhari recalled that the "only reliable, realist and just solution that profits f the support of the international community, is the organisation of a self-determination referendum that enables the Saharawi people to freely chose their future" (...) "contained in the Settlement Plan and the Houston Accords Morocco signed with the Saharawi people, as well as the Baker Plan, which is approved by the Security Council".
"Such plans were the fruit of long direct or indirect negotiations between the kingdom of Morocco and Polisario Front", he recalled, adding that it is "necessary now, not to resume negotiations, but to implement the signed accords", knowing that "the mutually accepted and acceptable political solution is in these accords and was consequently clearly defined by the international community".
On another hand, the Saharawi Representative to the United Nations noted that the UN Secretary General's report on the Western Sahara to reiterate his "preoccupation about the human rights violations in our country by the Moroccan forces of occupation and offers to the Security Council many substantial proofs".
"He even goes further of this concern by affirming that he supports the recent recommendations of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' report, which confirms that the populations in the occupied territories were and remain the target of a fierce repression and whose rights are violated as a consequence to the non-respect by Morocco of the Saharawi people's right to self-determination", he concluded.
The UN recommended direct negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco to ensure the self-determination for the Saharawi people, in a report publicised on Wednesday by the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, rappelle-t-on. (SPS)
010/090/000/TRD 191345 Oct 06 SPS

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