Africa Contact congratulates Polisario on 40th Anniversary

The responsibility for the failure to resolve the Western Sahara conflict “lies with the individual members of the UN,” Danish solidarity organisation Africa Contact wrote in a letter congratulating Polisario on its 40th Anniversary.

But it also lies with “all the countries – including Denmark – who either refuse to actively recognise or support Polisario and a referendum on the status of Western Sahara or who are part of sabotaging the process by e.g. allowing their companies to take part in the plundering of the resources of Western Sahara.”

Read the full letter below:

“Africa Contact sends our most sincere and warmest solidarity greetings to Polisario – the official, UN-sanctioned representative of the Saharawi people, on this your 40th Anniversary.

We commend, and stand shoulder to shoulder with, Polisario in their peaceful fight for self-determination for the Saharawis and against the brutal Moroccan occupation of two thirds of Western Sahara’s territory, including the illegal extraction of resources rightfully belonging to the Saharawis.

Western Sahara is the last colony in Africa. The failure of the United Nations to resolve this anomaly or anachronism reflects poorly on the perceived strength and vigour of the international community as a whole, and the UN as an institution in particular.

The responsibility for this failure also lies with the individual members of the UN, not least France who have consistently blocked all attempts at finding a viable solution to the Western Sahara conflict.

But all the countries – including Denmark – who either refuse to actively recognise or support Polisario and a referendum on the status of Western Sahara or who are part of sabotaging the process by e.g. allowing their companies to take part in the plundering of the resources of Western Sahara, are equally responsible.

Africa Contact commits itself to working for the liberation of Western Sahara in the long term. In the short term this work includes – amongst other things – continuously informing ordinary people and politicians in Denmark and the EU of the ongoing human rights violations in Western Sahara and the plight of the people in the refugee camps, campaigning for the release of the organisers of the Gdeim Izik protest camps, urging the Danish parliament to recognise the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic as over 80 countries have already done, and working together with Polisario and civil society representatives in both the occupied territories and the refugee camps.”

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