Monday, June 07, 2010

Nordic Countries and Western Sahara


Nordic Countries’ solidarity groups reaffirm solidarity with Saharawi people

Copenhagen (Denmark) June 6, 2010 (SPS) - Representatives of solidarity groups with the Saharawi people from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland reaffirmed Saturday in Copenhagen solidarity with the Saharawi people, according to a statement of the POLISARIO front Representation in Denmark.

During a meeting for coordinating the various activities of solidarity for the people of Western Sahara in the Nordic Countries, the participants developed an action plan for 2011 and reaffirmed their full and unwavering solidarity with the Saharawi people.

At the end of the meeting, which was attended by the POLISARIO Front Representative in Denmark, Abba Malainin, the Nordic Countries’ solidarity groups with the people of Western Sahara issued a statement demanding:

- The UN to speed up the decolonization of Western Sahara through the organisation of free referendum of Self-determination that MINURSO has been mandated for almost twenty years.

- The UN to establish a human rights monitoring capacity and the instigation of a Mission of Observation on the exploitation of the territory’s natural resources.

- Morocco to respect the international human rights law in occupied territories, notably the right to freedom of association, assembly, movement and expression.

- An end to the illegal exploration and exploitation of the natural resources of Western Sahara in the illegally occupied territory and the discouragement of the involvement of foreign companies in such activities.

- Given that the EU- Morocco fisheries Agreement including the waters of Western Sahara is in violation of international Law, we demand that Western Sahara Waters are explicitly excluded in the renewal of the EU-Morocco Fisheries agreement that will end February 2011.

- The EU to follow EFTA and the USA, which both excluded Western Sahara from their free trade cooperation with Morocco.

- The Nordic Countries humanitarian assistance to the Saharawi refugees.

- The Nordic Countries to follow the African Union in recognising the Saharawi Republic.

Moreover, the Nordic Countries’ solidarity groups with the people of Western Sahara decided that their next meeting will be held in Helsinki in Finland. (SPS)

062/090/000 060900 JUNE 10 SPS

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