UN Special Committee on Decolonization slams diplomacy of Moroccan occupying state

New York (United Nations), 21 September 2018 (SPS) - The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples has slammed the diplomacy of the Moroccan occupying state and revealed the failure of its efforts to falsify the facts and legal realities concerning the question of Western Sahara as a decolonization issue and to influence the position of the Polisario Front as the sole legitimate representative of the Sahrawi people.

After the drumming of the diplomacy of the Moroccan occupying state and its propaganda horns for the participation of "two elected members" from the occupied territories of Western Sahara in the session of the Special Committee on Decolonization in June, and before that the seminar organized by the Committee in May in the Caribbean region, the annual report of the Committee for the year 2018 submitted to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly comes to reveal all these allegations and to put things in perspective.

In its paragraph 13, the report refers to this issue and clearly indicates that the Chairperson of the Committee received letters from two "persons" from Western Sahara requesting their invitation to participate in the 2018 seminar and that the decision taken by the Chairperson of the Committee on the participation of these "persons" in the above mentioned seminar "as guests of the Chairperson of the Committee" received strong opposition from some member states.

The report of the Committee also clearly stated that the presence of these "persons" in the seminar was made at their own expense, which means it was financed by the Moroccan occupying state and not by the United Nations, as was the case with all the official representatives of the Non-Self-Governing Territories, including the representative of the Polisario Front who participated at an official invitation of the Special Committee on Decolonization.

In addition, the report indicates that the interventions of the "two persons" in the Committee's session were made in the context of the "petitioners" interventions before the Committee, which also included significantly speeches of five Western Sahara representatives, on behalf of the Sahrawi community in the United States of America, who put the Committee in the true picture of the colonial policies of the Moroccan occupation, intimidation of Sahrawi citizens, violations of their rights and looting of their riches  in flagrant violation of the legal status of the territory, the resolutions of the United Nations and the principles of international humanitarian law. (SPS)

062/SPS/TRA