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Seminar in Madeira: Morocco rejects UN confidence-building measures anew




The Saharawi Coordinator with the MINURSO, Mhamed Khadad, deplored the fact that Morocco has opposed the organisation of a Seminar on the Saharawi culture that was planed to take place within the framework of the confidence-building measures initiated by the UN as part of the peace plan.

Here is the complete text of the press release Mr. Khaddad issued in reaction to the Moroccan attitude:

Statement of Mhamed Khadad, Saharawi Coordinator with the MINURSO

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees just informed the Saharawi authorities that due to Moroccan rejection it was decided to annul the holding of the Seminar on the Saharawi Culture that was planed -following the accords of confidence-building measures of 2002- to take place from November 12th to the 16th 2007 in Madeira (Portugal), with the participation of some 40 Saharawi poets and experts from the two sides of the Moroccan wall of occupation.

Morocco has thus demonstrated, anew, its bad will and obstinacy to jeopardize all the UN decisions it accepted before, including those related to the humanitarian questions.

POLISARIO Front condemns this arrogant and contemptible attitude by Morocco that comes to confirm its deliberate blockage of the UNís efforts aimed to reach a solution that guarantee the right to the Saharawi people to self-determination as stipulated in all the UNís resolution including the resolution 1783 of 31 October 2007.

POLISARIO Front, which has positively answered and fully subscribed to the confidence-building measures decided by the UN, including the participation to the Cultural Seminar in Madeira, calls on the UNHCR and the UN to assume their full responsibilities in the full implementation of this humanitarian program and to take all necessary measures to push Morocco put an end to its rebellion and disrespect to the law and to the international legality.

Bir lahlou, November 7, 2007.