ICG: Washington should include new language referring to Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination

Brusseles, 6 December 2021 (SPS) - The United States of America should seek to include new language referring to the Sahrawis’ right to self-determination, said the International Crisis Group (ICG) in a recent report, underlining that such a diplomatic initiative could be enough to open a path toward the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara.  

“Almost a year into renewed fighting in Western Sahara, the international efforts to bring Morocco and the Polisario Front back to the negotiating table have led nowhere,” said the NGO involved in the resolution and prevention from conflicts in this report entitled “Relaunching negotiations over Western Sahara.”

“The new personal envoy of the United Nations (Staffan de Mistura) would therefore do better to propose confidence-building measures to de-escalate the conflict,” underlined the source.

The UN envoy, with the support of the United States to the Security Council, “should convince Morocco and the Polisario Front to suspend their military activities and persuade Rabat to halt the ill treatment of human rights and independence activists in Western Sahara,” said the NGO.   

The United States “should accompany through diplomatic that jump-start efforts to reach a settlement (….)  Washington should also include a new language referring to the Sahrawis’ right to self-determination. Such a diplomatic initiative could be enough to open a path toward the resolution of the conflict,” said the source.

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