Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

Western Sahara: U.S. Organization Launches Campaign for Recognition of SADR

Algiers — President of US- Western Sahara Foundation, Dr. Susanne Scholte, stated that she will work to convey the Sahrawi people's voice to reach influential places as the US Congress and House of Representatives for UN recognition of the Saharawi state.

Dr. Suzanne Scholte, who is the President of the Defense Forum Foundation and the 2010 recipient of the Walter Judd Freedom Award and the 2008 Seoul Peace Prize, said in interview with Algerian newspaper that " she works for sending a group of American journalists to the refugee camps and liberated territories to observe closely the reality of the Sahrawi refugees."

She regretted that the U.S. media does not pay attention to what is happening in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, despite the serious and repeated violations of human rights committed under an eminent silence of the "MINURSO" .

Concerning recent tour of UN envoy Christopher Ross to the region, the U.S. activist emphasized the spirit of dedication Ross has shown to resolve the Western Sahara conflict despite Moroccan compromise.

The American activist insisted that direct pressure from the U.S. in Morocco is the most appropriate solution, given that the Moroccan royal palace spends millions of dollars annually to distort the facts of the conflict in Western Sahara.

"Any visitor traveling to the Saharawi refugee camps can simply refute from his first visit, allegations and accusations of Morocco by stating that the Polisario is holding the Sahrawi refugees against their will and that is involved in illegal activities, says American activist.

in this regard, she has made clear that the Polisario font has opened the Saharawi refugee camps in front of foreign delegations and visitors from Spain continually arrive in regular flights as well as the continued presence of the United Nations, noting that the refugee camps Sahrawi are dominated by "the spirit of tolerance and ideals including the religious freedom and gender equality, far from intolerance and extremism."

Mrs. Susanne Scholte called on United States to put pressure on Morocco to allow access to the occupied territories of Western Sahara and accelerate realization of the referendum.

President of US- Western Sahara Foundationhas revealed that she will visit, early next year , the refugee camps, Spain and Algeria to take part at a series of international seminars in support of the struggle of the Saharawi people.

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