Nigerian Movement Condemns US Recognition of Morocco’s Sovereignty over W/Sahara

Nigerian Movement Condemns US Recognition of Morocco’s Sovereignty over W/Sahara

..Calls on Newly Elected President, Joe Biden to Reverse the Move   The Nigerian Movement for the Liberation of Western Sahara (NMLWS), has condemned the “proclamation” by the outgoing President of the United States of America, Mr Donald Trump, who has declared recognition of sovereignty of Morocco over Western Sahara. “This abominable act by Donald

..Calls on Newly Elected President, Joe Biden to Reverse the Move  

The Nigerian Movement for the Liberation of Western Sahara (NMLWS), has condemned the “proclamation” by the outgoing President of the United States of America, Mr Donald Trump, who has declared recognition of sovereignty of Morocco over Western Sahara.

“This abominable act by Donald Trump goes against International Law, which recognizes the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to self- determination, and the United Nations Resolution 1514 (XV) Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 14 December 1960- the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples,” the movement says.

In a statement signed on its behalf by Dr Dipo Fashina, the movement says, “The right to self-determination is a right that the Saharawis do not owe any government or sets of government however powerful. The narcissist President after losing his bid for re-election, in his attempt to normalize ties between Morocco and Israel, decided to trade off what does not belong to him. This is a crime. The Saharawi people are the only owners of sovereignty over Western Sahara.

“Morocco has no locus standi in facts, history and International Law to trade the sovereignty of Western Sahara at all. Consequently, Trump’s proclamation cannot give legitimacy to Morocco.”

While calling on the President-elect of the United States of America, Mr. Joe Biden “to reverse this despicable, historically backward act” immediately he is inaugurated, the NMLWS says, it “salutes the heroic people of Western Sahara led by the Frente Polisario, for doing Africa proud. The Saharawi people are carrying the burden of terminating colonial rule in Africa. The burden is very heavy.”

“This being so, it is the duty of all freedom-loving people and all those who respect humanity to denounce Donald Trump’s “proclamation” and give decisive support to the Saharawi People so as to ensure that Morocco’s colonial rule is terminated. Colonialism in the 21st century is a complete aberration,” the movement says..

The UN ceasefire in Western Sahara which has been in place since 1991 collapsed on Friday November 13th, 2020 and war resumed between the Moroccan forces and the POLISARIO Front.

On 21st October, 2020, civilian protesters from the Saharawi refugee camps began a peaceful blockade of an illegally built road at Guergarat, southwestern Western Sahara, which Morocco uses to transport stolen Saharawi natural resources (Phosphates, fish), drugs, and for human trafficking. Morocco sent in troops to drive away the protesters so as to open the road.  By this action, Morocco violated the ceasefire agreement which forbids armed forces from entering the buffer zones between the parties, and in response, the POLISARIO forces responded by evacuating its civilians. In the meantime, fighting is ongoing.

“Why should a thief- who takes what does not belong to him be given the privilege of a compromise- sharing of the loot? The UN better decide whether it wants a just solution to the question of Western Sahara or a compromise with the invaders. Justice is not what we share in parts. A just solution between a thief and the owner of the stolen goods, in this case is the return of the stolen goods to the owner- i.e. independence to Western Sahara.

The idea that a victim of robbery should negotiate the return of the stolen goods with the robbers is itself questionable justice. The right of the Saharawi people to self- determination in their own state does not depend on Morocco’s acceptance. That right should not be negotiated!,” the group argues.

It contends that, “A major cause of the steady degeneration of the situation in Western Sahara is that Morocco has been getting away with repression of the Saharawi people in Saharawi territory seized, stolen from the Saharawi through force. This is unacceptable!

“With the UN ignoring loud and clear calls from a large number of countries and very credible international organizations rejecting Morocco’s bestial violation of the human and nationality rights of the Saharawi people, it is a necessity to actualize the expansion of the mandate of MINURSO monitoring, reporting. The UN ought to produce a set of measures punishing all violations and all violators of human rights in Western Sahara.

“The only resolution that is just and fair is to call upon Morocco to get out of Western Sahara.”

“For us in the Nigerian Movement for the Liberation of Western Sahara (NMLWS), reality should be defined by what is right historically and the universal human rights, right to national independence and justice. For a colonized people, the exercise of their right to national independence is the only route to justice. People’s right to self-government in their own country is not a matter for compromise in the 21st Century, and we in the NMLWS assert that it is unjust to propose compromise to the Saharawi people.

“What is needed in Western Sahara is justice. JUSTICE ABHORS SHARING STOLEN GOODS. JUSTICE IS NOT COMPATABLE WITH THEFT OF LAND AND RESOURCES THAT BELONG TO OTHER PEOPLE. JUSTICE REQUIRES RETURN OF STOLEN GOODS TO THEIR PROPER OWNERS,” the movement avers..

Explaining its position further, the movement is of the view that, “Fundamentally, the question of Western Sahara is about the right of all peoples in the world to INDEPENDENCE. For the Saharawi people, justice requires nothing less than INDEPENDENCE!”

It accuses the United Nations of failing to resolve the question of Western Sahara for three decades and maintains that, “A close look at Resolution 2548 (2020) adopted by the United Nations Security Council on the 30 October, 2020, renewing the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) reveals that the UN is carefully avoiding the term “Referendum”, which is the basis of the ceasefire agreement.”

The group posits that Morocco must be compelled to abide by the objectives and principles of the African Union Constitutive Act (Article 3 and 4). It also canvasses that, “Morocco’s act of expansionism, aggression and the occupation of the territory of Western Sahara by military force stands at odds with the objectives and principles of the Constitutive Act that was signed and ratified by Morocco after joining the African Union.

The NMLWS calls on the UN Secretary General to urgently intervene in the ongoing war so as to avoid a genocide, and to appoint a new UN special envoy.

It wants MINURSO’s mandate to be expanded to include the monitoring of human rights violations especially now that Morocco is targeting Saharawi civilians and journalist in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The movement also demands that Morocco should release all Saharawi political prisoners immediately while arguing that, the question of Western Sahara is an unfinished decolonization that must be resolved in accordance with international law.

“Sixty (60) years ago (14 December 1960) since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 1514 (XV)- the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples- In commemorating this anniversary, we demand the UN to publicly condemn Morocco’s violation of the ceasefire.

“Instead of allowing Morocco to contemptuously continue to abuse the right of the Saharawi people to self-rule, the UN should, following Hans Corell, declare the SADR an independent country. Doing this is within the powers of the UN. It would be a victory for humanity.

“We assert, and will continue to assert, that the only just solution to the question of Western Sahara is that the United Nations should force Morocco out of Western Sahara,” the group says.

 

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