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Self-determination: Sahrawis are tired of waiting for a "mirage" promised by UN

Published on : Wednesday, 25 November 2020 20:18   Read : 2 time(s)
Self-determination: Sahrawis are tired of waiting for a "mirage" promised by UN

CANBERRA - Kamal Fadel, representative of the Polisario Front in Australia, said the Sahrawis are tired of waiting for a "mirage" promised by the UN in reference to self-determination referendum, while the international community is accused of having brought no response to the ceasefire violation by Morocco in El Guerguarat in the southwest of Western Sahara.

Asked by Middle Est Eye (MEE), on "Morocco's insistence on maintaining the status quo in Western Sahara", Fadel replied that this is part of the "Rabat strategy, which also gives the impression of an ongoing political process and which takes time to solidify occupation, use resources and create facts on the ground."

"But the Sahrawis are well aware of this strategy," added Fadel, stressing that "the Sahrawis are tired of waiting in the desert for a mirage promised by the UN which recedes with time."

The Polisario, which demands independence from Western Sahara, denounced a flagrant violation of the 1991 ceasefire agreement by declaring a return to armed struggle, for the second time since its creation in 1973.

Kamal Fadel notes that the military agreement signed between the two parties to the conflict, the Polisario Front and Morocco, stipulates that "all breaches are seen as a breach of the agreement itself and the spirit of the peace plan."

The "Military Accord No. 1 establishes a 5 kilometer wide buffer zone to the south and east of the Moroccan sand wall, where the entry of troops or equipment by both parties, by land or air, and the use of weapons in or against these areas are prohibited in any way time," Fadel told MEE, a news site specializing in Middle East and North Africa questions.

The resumption of the armed struggle by the Polisario has been widely welcomed by the Sahrawi population. Decades of stalemate have exhausted the population, no UN special envoy has been able to visit Western Sahara for over one year now, comments Middle East Eye.

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Self-determination: Sahrawis are tired of waiting for a "mirage" promised by UN

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