EUCOCO Conference 2018 kicks off in Madrid

Madrid (Spain), November 17, 2018 (SPS) – The 43rd European Conference of Solidarity and Support for the Sahrawi People (EUCOCO 2018) kicked off Friday in Madrid (Spain), with the participation of many parliamentarians and representatives of several governments, in addition to associations and Committee friends with Sahrawi people.

This year’s conference is placed under the slogan « FOR THE INDEPENDENCE OF WESTERN SAHARA. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SPAIN AND EUROPE IN THE SOLUTION.” It is held under the chairmanship of President of the National Sahrawi Council (Parliament) Khatri Adouh, and the President of the EUCOCO Pierre Galand.

The EUCOCO is the largest annual meeting of the European solidarity movement with the Sahrawi people.

After listening to the national Sahrawi anthem , the participants have observed a minute of silence in tribute to the victims of the Algerian military plane crash which occurred last April in Boufarik (Blida).

Many Algerian and Sahrawi nationals died in the crash.

Later, a documentary on the humanitarian situation of the Sahrawi people and the violations of human rights in the occupied territories has been projected.

During the opening session of the EUCOCO 2018, the General Secretary of the Spanish General Union of Workers Josè Maria Alvares said that "Spain is an integral part of the solution," calling the government to abandon the "negative neutrality" and recognize the Sahrawi people’s rights self-determination, as stipulates the international law. (SPS)