Sahrawi people should exercise their right to self-determination

Stockholm, 10 April 2017 (SPS) - Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallstrom reaffirmed her country’s unshakeable position vis-à-vis the issue of Western Sahara, underlining that after 40 years of occupation, “the Sahrawi people should exercise their right to self-determination.”

In the 39th conference of the Swedish social-democratic party, Wallstrom emphasized her country’s support to the efforts of UN Secretary General Antonio Guteres and his special Envoy to promote the process of talks to reach a fair solution within the framework of the United Nations.

The Sahrawi issue was the main focus of the debates devoted to the foreign policy of the conference of the social-democratic party whose works will be held until April 12.

The participants underlined “the political, moral and human commitment of Sweden towards the Sahrawi people,” pointing out that Western Sahara remains Africa’s last colony and that the Swedish government has to take bold measures to implement the decision of the social-democratic party, taken during its conference of 2009, confirmed in 2013 and enshrined by the Swedish Parliament in 2012, along with the promulgation of the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which opened new prospects to the Sahrawi issue, notably at the European level.

The works of the conference are taking place in the presence of a delegation of the Polisario Front represented by the member of the National Secretariat, deputy minister for Europe Mohamed Sidati, Secretary General of the National Union of Sahrawi Women Fatima El Mahdi and the representative of the Polisario Front to Sweden Aline Habib El Kantaoui. (SPS)