New president of Peace for the Saharawi People’s Parliamentary Intergroup pledges to works for securing EU support to international efforts in Western Sahara

Vienna (Austria), 21 February 2021 (SPS) - the newly elected chairman of the European parliamentary intergroup “Peace for the Saharawi People”, Mr. Andreas Cheddar, has pledged to ensure that EU would lead the international efforts to resolve the question of Western Sahara, by exerting more pressure on Morocco within their bilateral agreements.

MEP Cheddar, also chairman of the Austria Social Democrats Bloc, emphasized the need for the EU to pressurize Morocco to punt an end to its policy of illegal settlement and occupation of Western Sahara.

Recalling to the unbearable humanitarian situation experienced by the Saharawi people for more than fourty years, MEP Cheddar urged the UN and EU to take into account the overall situation in Western Sahara.

He also pledged to act towards extending the MINURSO mandate to monitor human rights situation in Western Sahara, with a view to reaching a sustainable settlement to the conflict that would allow for the rights to self-determination of the Saharawi people.

Mr. Cheddar, who previously held the portfolio of State Secretary in Austria Finance Ministry, was elected at the helm of the European parliamentary intergroup “Peace for the Saharawi People”, during a teleconference meeting held yesterday. (SPS)