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United Nations C-24 will hold special meeting on Western Sahara

2016-06-30

This Thursday, the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization hosted its last substantive session, and informed that this subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly will hold a special meeting in the near future to discuss the issue of Western Sahara.
This information was provided by Rafael Ramirez, Chair of C-24 and Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations, who explained that there is a need to discuss the situation of the Saharawi territory to seek for specific progress in this matter.
“We have agreed to hold a special meeting in the near future that allow us to discuss the different points of view in this regard, as well as to make contributions from within our specific area of expertise, with the scope of giving momentum to the process of decolonization in Western Sahara” said Ramirez.
 
The Chairman of the Committee on Decolonization considered the dialogue between the members of the Committee in favor of non-self-governing territories to be a success, particularly the case of Western Sahara, in which the intense discussions resulted in a non-paper that ratifies the delegate of the Polisario Front as the representative of the people of Western Sahara.


Regarding the current situation in Puerto Rico, there was a debate with the participation of numerous petitioners who requested the C-24 to review at the UN General Assembly the political, economic, and social situation in the island.
 
In the context of this discussion, the Committee agreed to soon visit Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been imprisioned in the United States for over 35 years for his fight for the Independence of Puerto Rico.
 
International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self- Governing Territories
 
This year, the Committee on Decolonization, in compliance with the mandate of the UN General Assembly, reactivated the International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self- Governing Territories after twenty years of inactivity. During this week, there were held different activities to promote the principle of self-determination of the peoples.


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