EU reiterates support to UN efforts in Western Sahara after its historical leader's death

Brussels, June 4, 2016 (SPS) - European Union on Friday reiterated support to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reach a solution to the conflict leading to "Western Sahara people's self-determination" after their historical leader, Mohamed Abdelaziz, passed away.

"The EU  has learned of the passing of Mohamed Abdelaziz, the historical leader of the Polisario Front," a spokesman of EU diplomatic services told APS following the death, Tuesday, of the president of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and secretary general of the Polisario Front, following a long illness.

The services of the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini reiterated, on that occasion, European Union's position over this longstanding conflict.

"EU supports UN chief's efforts to reach a fair, lasting and mutually acceptable solution ensuring self-determination for Western Sahara population in line with the principle and the Charter the United Nations," EU spokesman said.

Western Sahara was put in the UN list of non-autonomous territories in 1963, whose people have the right to self-determination.

Since then, the United Nations has constantly reaffirmed Western Sahara people's right to self-determination. (SPS)