The decolonization of Western Sahara is “an urgent and crucial issue” for stability of the region, said Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Algeria to the UN, Sabri Boukadoum, affirming that “there is no alternative to respect for the exercise of the right to self-determination”, APS reported.
“There is no alternative to respecting the doctrine established by the United Nations on decolonization. We cannot remain silent,” Boukadoum told the Fourth UN Commission on Decolonization.
“For Algeria, resolving the Western Sahara conflict is an urgent and crucial issue for the stability, progress and integration of the Maghreb, the only subregion in Africa that does not yet have such a process, the Algerian diplomat said.
And, as José Marta said, “We are free not to be bad, but we cannot be indifferent to human suffering.”
Mr Boukadoum said he was “deplorable” that in 2017 there were still 17 non-autonomous territories to be decolonized, considering that the discussions in the Committee were still “on the merits of the remains of colonialism, domination, the enslavement of the peoples and the despoiling of their wealth”.