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Committee of 24: Participants call to speed up Western Sahara decolonization

New York, June 13, 2018 (SPS) -  The delegations of several countries participating in the annual session of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, known as Committee of 24, called Monday to resume negotiations on Western Sahara to speed up its decolonization.

In a session devoted to the Sahrawi issue, the representative of the Ecuador Diego Fernando Morejon Pazmino  said that it is important to focus on the resumption of the negotiations at the approach of the end of the Third International Decade of the eradication of colonialism, underlining that 30 years of failure is inacceptable.

For his part, East Timor’s representative Mautito called the Committee to intensify efforts to put an end to colonialism, pointing out that 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories provide shelter for nearly two million people.

Ethiopia’s representative Biruk Mekonnen Demisse called for the resumption of negotiations leading to a political solution allowing the implementation of the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination.

The representative of the delegation of Venezuela Jorge Arturo Reyes Hernandez said that the four stages of negotiations held under the auspices of secretary general are considered as precious efforts that must be strengthened.

Nicaragua’s representative Jaime Hermida Castillo insisted on the respect of the international law, expressing solidarity with the struggle of the Sahrawi people for independence while urging the two sides to the conflict to reach a development plan enabling the Sahrawi people to implement their right to self-determination.

Elton Khoetage Hoeseb, representative of the Namibian delegation, said that it is imperative that the United Nations continues leading the negotiations process backed by the African Union.”SPS



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