Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Western Sahara: Last African territory in the UN Agenda on Decolonization


The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization discussed the issue of Western Sahara, last African territory included in the agenda of said body, which is currently waiting to hold a referendum that allows its people to exert their right to self-determination.
During a substantive session of the United Nations Committee on Decolonization, Ambassador Omar Hilale, appointed to represent Morocco in this multilateral organization, and his delegation tried to prevent the participation of Ahmed Boukhari, Representative of the Polisario Front, in the discussion of the issue of Western Sahara.
Rafael Ramirez, in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee, urged those attending the meeting to move forward with the discussions, based on resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly that recognize the Polisario Front as the sole representative of the Saharawi people.
Boukhari denounced that, until now, the representatives of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) have not returned to the territory, after the Kingdom of Morocco expelled the UN civilian staff last March.
“The Polisario Front considers MINURSO and its staff a sign of the commitment of the international community to peacefully solve the last remaining issue of decolonization affecting an African territory; nonetheless, the return of the staff cannot be understood as a mean in itself. It has to do with reactivating the direct negotiations between the parties to ensure the peaceful solution based on the principle of self-determination” stated Boukhari.
In this regard, he used the opportunity to urge the United Nations Security Council to assume its responsibility and avoid the Saharawi and Moroccan people to be dragged in a spiral of confrontation.