10 Dec, 2020
In a statement, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) has condemned the outbreak of violence in Western Sahara and the breakdown of the long-held ceasefire, calling for a peaceful resolution to the escalation of tensions.
ACFID is deeply concerned by reports of military operations by the Moroccan Government in the Buffer Strip in the Guerguerat area and condemns any acts of violence and aggression.
Echoing a resolution supported by its members, ACFID has urged the United Nations to broker a new ceasefire, proceed with the implementation of the peace plan and rapidly appoint a new personal envoy of the Secretary-General to carry it forward. This must include the organisation of the referendum on self-determination, without further delay.
ACFID expresses its support to the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence and stands in solidarity with the people of Western Sahara.
ACFID renews its calls to the Australian Government to ensure that there is sufficient humanitarian and development assistance to Saharawi refugees and to use its diplomatic channels to cease hostilities, de-escalate tensions and advocate to the United Nations to rapidly intensify the political process and accelerate the implementation of the mandate of the MINURSO.
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