Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

2 February 2013

Western Sahara: French FM Questioned in Parliament On Self-Determination Referendum

Paris — French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was questioned by Parliament, through senator Leila Aichi, about the referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara.

"The political situation in Western Sahara seemed to have reached a deadlock in Western Sahara, while the living conditions of Saharawi refugees are a real matter of concern," the French Senator wrote in a statement.

Aichi underlined, in an oral question, that Western Sahara was occupied by the Spaniards and, under pressure exerted by the UN, Madrid pledged in 1974 to hold a referendum on the status of the territory.

She added that at the request of Morocco, La Haye International Court of Justice ruled for the implementation of UN Resolution 1514 on decolonization of Western Sahara and self-determination for the territory's population.

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