South Africa warns UNSC of Morocco's violations in Western Sahara´s OOTT

New York (USA), May 28, 2020 (SPS) - The South African permanent representative to the United Nations, Jerry Matjila, has warned the members of the Security Council about the serious situation of the Sahrawi civilian population in the occupied areas by the Moroccan regime, and insisting that it is not receiving the necessary and adequate attention.

During the virtual conference of the members of the UN Security Council to address the situation of the civilian population in armed conflicts, the South African representative regretted the lack of international attention in the face of the difficult situation suffered by people from prolonged conflicts such as the decolonization process of Western Sahara or Palestine.

Jerry Matjila recalled during the meeting that international humanitarian law obliges all parties to armed conflict, state and non-state actors, to assume their obligations and take the necessary measures to protect the civilian population.

In line, he has stressed to his counterparts that United Nations peacekeeping operations are one of the indicated mechanisms to protect civilians. It has also insisted on the need to take into account the current circumstances and equip the contingents deployed around the world with resources.

the South African ambassador has called for greater cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union to articulate action plans to ensure protection and support for civilians. It has also highlighted the potential of the African organization and its experience on the ground to create peaceful environments and organize return plans to volunteer for refugees and internally displaced persons.

South Africa currently chairs the African Union and is a non-permanent member of the UN security council.SPS