24 February 2013

Western Sahara: FM Urges His Counterparts to Take Action Within UN for Release of Saharawi Activists

Bir Lehlou — The Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek has urged, in a letter on Sunday, his counterpart in the world to take action within the framework of the United Nations for the revoking of the harsh sentences against Gdeim izik group and immediate release of the Saharawi political prisoners and human rights activists.

Head of Saharawi diplomacy considered that the recent sentence dictated by the Moroccan martial court is "a new injustice" committed against human dignity, expressing indignation of the POLISARIO Front and SADR government towards this move, which represents "a new and unacceptable affront to the human dignity and fundamental rights of our people," said Ould Salek.

In his letter to ministers of foreign affairs in the world, the Saharawi Minster called on the international community to "take action at both bilateral and multilateral levels, especially within the UN framework, with a view to revoking the sentences and ensuring the immediate release of the Sahrawi political prisoners and human rights activists."

Saharawi FM, therefore, called on his counterparts in the world to continue deploying their noble efforts and using the influence and moral authority of their Government to ensure that the Security Council give an explicit mandate to MINURSO for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara, so that the mission will no longer be the exception in the UN peacekeeping missions.

He also indicated that the holding of the referendum on self-determination provided for in the settlement plan accepted by both parties and approved unanimously by the Security Council remains "the only way for the just and peaceful solution to the problem of Western Sahara and for the consolidation of peace and stability in North Africa."

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