Western sahara: Britain renews support for political solution that leads to self-determination

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British Minister of State in charge of the Middle East and North Africa, James Cleverley, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to its firm stance on the issue of Western Sahara and support for the United Nations efforts, based on Security Council resolutions, to reach a just political solution that guarantees the self-determination of the Sahrawi people.

In a written response to a question by Labor MP Rachel Hopkins, the British official said recently that the United Kingdom “continues to support the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, as clearly indicated by UN Security Council Resolution 2548 to reach a just and lasting solution … agreed upon by both parties and guaranteeing the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara as stipulated in the principles of the United Nations Charter.

He added, “We strongly support the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to appoint a personal envoy as soon as possible, to resume consultations” between the two parties at issue (the Polisario Front and Morocco).

The British Labor MP, Rachel Hopkins, asked her government in a written question to disclose the steps it had recently taken during the discussions held between the British minister and the United Nations Security Council, with the aim of setting a timetable for organizing the self-determination referendum in Western Sahara.

The permanent mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, in New York, confirmed during the Security Council discussions last month on the developments in the situation in Western Sahara, the need to “ensure that the Sahrawi people exercise their right to self-determination through a free and fair referendum” to end the conflict raging since last November due to Morocco’s violation of the ceasefire agreement.

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