MADRID, 15 Jun. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The ambassador, permanent representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, on Monday rejected the UN parameters for the self-determination of the Sahara and stressed that his proposal for the integrity of the territory in Morocco “is the only solution.”
For the ambassador, the question of Western Sahara should not be treated as a “question of decolonization” but rather “should be examined exclusively in the Security Council.”
“Morocco strongly reiterates that the political, realistic, pragmatic, lasting and compromise solution requested by the Security Council can only be conceived within the framework of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity of the Kingdom of Morocco,” he said in a meeting of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, according to the MAP agency.
His speech has argued that the Moroccan initiative “has the full support of the Sahara population and the international community” as was “the historic proclamation by the United States of Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara” in the period of former President Donald Trump “and the opening of several consulates” as well as on social and cultural issues.
For his part, the Sahrawi representative to the UN, Sidi Omar, has called for “the right to free self-determination” after “the Moroccan aggression in 2020.”
“We are where we are today because Morocco is allowed to block the referendum to which it committed itself for many years,” he declared, as well as denouncing that the international community “turns a blind eye to the violations of Human Rights in Morocco against the Sahrawi people, “according to a UN statement.
Western Sahara is listed as a non-autonomous territory for the United Nations, pending an agreed agreement – or even a referendum – that has not yet arrived. The Spanish colony of the Sahara was occupied in 1975 by Morocco and Mauritania after the Tripartite Agreements, signed on November 14, 1975, which ceded the sovereignty of the Spanish Sahara to these two countries.