The representative of the Polisario Front at the United Nations, Sidi Mohamed Omar, has stressed that the Sahrawi people no longer see the self-determination referendum as “a possible solution” but instead are “claiming their legitimate right to the full independence of Western Sahara”. .
During the visit of the new UN envoy for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, Mohamed Omar reiterated that “the Saharawi people retain their right to defend themselves by any legitimate means”.
“The UN Security Council should be more engaged to force Morocco to comply with its own resolutions and reiterates that the Polisario Front keeps the door open to a peaceful solution that fully respects the right to liberty and independence.” of the Saharawis guarantee people,” he emphasized, according to the news portal ECSaharawi.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Burita defended Moroccan autonomy plan for the former Spanish colony in front of De Mistura this Thursday, which remains a red line for the Polisario Front when it comes to negotiating a solution to the conflict.
After visiting Rabat, De Mistura will travel to the Tindouf refugee camps in Algeria this Saturday, as well as to Algiers and Nouakchott, UN Secretary-General spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a press conference on Wednesday, the first public confirmation of the details of this tour.
The envoy “would like to hear everyone’s views on how to get the political process back on track in a constructive manner,” Dujarric said without elaborating.
The previous envoy managed to persuade the parties to resume dialogue, but neither Rabat nor the Polisario moved an iota from their respective positions. The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) continues to call for a referendum to be held to consider self-determination for the former Spanish colony.
De Mistura was appointed in October as the new envoy to the precinct of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who managed to fill the post almost two and a half years after the resignation of the previous person in charge, former German President Hort Koehler and after the veto of more than a dozen candidates.