ALGIERS- Foreign delegations participating in the 9th congress of the National Union of Sahrawi Women (NUSW) held in the Aousserd camp urged, on Sunday, the United Nations and the international community “to accelerate the process of decolonization in Western Sahara”.
Several foreign participants called, on the second day of the work, on the international community to contribute to the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict via exerting pressure on the UN and the Security Council to guarantee the sovereignty of the Saharawi people and their inalienable right to self-determination and independence, including the referendum agreed upon by the international community as stipulated in the UN resolution 1514 of December 14, 1960, while denouncing the massive and repeated violations of human rights in the Occupied Territories, the mistreatment of Saharawis political prisoners, the illegal plundering of the natural resources in Western Sahara by Morocco as well as the UN inertia in the implementation of Security Council resolutions in this area.
The Secretary of the Zimbabwean Commission for Solidarity with the Sahrawi People and head of her country’s delegation present at the event stressed that her participation in this 9th UNFS Congress was driven by the desire to convey feelings of solidarity of all Zimbabwean women with the Saharawi people, adding that the cause of the Saharawi people “has always been at the top of the interests of the Zimbabwean commission of solidarity with the Saharawi people”.
After having expressed her great joy at taking part in this meeting, the representative of Zimbabwe denounced the “silence” of the international community vis-à-vis the violations of human rights in Western Sahara.
For her part, the representative of the Colombia-Western Sahara Friendship Association, Mrs. Alexandra Cordoba Heredia expressed “her deep compassion and full solidarity with the Sahrawi people”, expressing “her great pride in the bravery and the resistance of the Sahrawi people”.
On the same occasion, she denounced “the continuous repression and violations of human rights in the occupied territories of Western Sahara by the Moroccan occupying forces”.
The same speaker stressed “the inalienable and unconditional right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and sovereignty over their territory”.
Mrs. Heredia specified that “the international community is bound to respect international law by working towards the organization of a self-determination referendum in order to allow the Saharawi people to determine, freely and democratically, their fate”.
For her part, the president of the Turkish International March, stressed that “the international community cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the Moroccan occupation of a neighboring country and its continuous abuses against its people, the plunder of its natural resources and persistence in defiance of its international commitments and the precious efforts of the international community for peace in the region”.
The congress is marked by the participation of more than 400 delegates from various branches of the women’s organization and a delegation of women from the occupied Saharawi territories.