Press release. Statement of Mr Mhamed Khadad, Frente Polisario

Mhamed Khadad, Coordinator of the Frente POLISARIO with the MINURSO, New York, 30 April 2007 stated:
“By adopting unanimously its resolution on Western Sahara, the UN Security Council has solemnly established the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination as the cornerstone…..  
of any just and lasting solution to the conflict of Western Sahara, to which the international community remains firmly attached. Moreover, the Security Council has unequivocally reaffirmed the justness of the cause of the Saharawi people as well as its attachment to the international legality embodied in the United Nations resolutions and its doctrine and practice relating to decolonisation. 

In spite of the disinformation campaign and the media hype orchestrated for promoting its pseudo-plan of autonomy for Western Sahara, and despite the multiform support it has received from certain powers to ensure the endorsement of this plan as the only basis, if not the panacea for resolving the conflict of Western Sahara, the Kingdom of Morocco has once again failed in its attempt to legitimise its colonial occupation of our country.

Indeed, the Security Council has clearly established that the mutually acceptable political solution sought by the international community should provide for the self-determination of the Saharawi people, and that this solution should take place under the auspices of the United Nations and in the context of direct negotiations without preconditions between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO.

The Saharawi people have thus achieved that their right to self-determination, which the Kingdom of Morocco and its allies have done everything possible to deny them, has been placed at the heart of any solution thus establishing it as the condition, the foundation and the purpose of the solution itself.. This achievement reaffirms once again that the question of Western Sahara is a decolonisation problem governed by the terms of the General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) whose solution necessarily passes by the free and sovereign expression of the will of the Saharawi people regarding their future.

The Saharawi people owe this victory to the overwhelming support received, within and outside the Security Council, from countries respectful of the international legality to which our people would like to pay tribute. Above all, the victory is owed to the mobilisation and sacrifices that our people in the occupied territories, the liberated territories and in the refugee camps have been making in order to defend their just cause. 

In response to the Security Council’s call and taking into account the recommendation of the Secretary-General contained in paragraph 47 of his report, the Frente POLISARIO accepts to enter in direct negotiations, without preconditions and under the auspices of the United Nations, with the Government of the occupying power, the Kingdom of Morocco, with a view to achieving a mutually acceptable solution that will provide for the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.”