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Western Sahara: EU must getworking on self-determination for the Saharawi people

Date

25 Nov 2010

Sections

Global Europe

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the situation in Western Sahara.
After the vote, mEP Willy Meyer (Spain) said he was pleased that the European Parliament had condemned the attak by the Moroccan military forces against the Saharawi camp of Gdeim Izik and paid tribute to the innocent victims, "The policy of terror pursued by Morocco in Western Sahara must be condemned by the international community as a whole. The Saharawi people in the occupied territories are facing real danger, so therefore we must act extremely urgently to put in place mechanisms to protect human rights, until a final solution can be found which guarantee the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination".

According to MEP João Ferreira (Portugal) "the EU and its Member States must take urgent action and put pressure on Morocco to enable the application of UN resolutions that have demanded, for almost 20 years, the organisation of a referendum on self-determination. It was precisely on Monday 8 November, the day that further talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front opened under the auspices of the United Nations, that Moroccan forces launched an attack on an unarmed civilian population. Thirty-five years after the occupation, the Sahrawi people's struggle continues and increases at the very heart of the occupied territories.

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