ALGIERS, Algeria (PANA)—The Polissario Front and the Sahrawi
people say they are
frustrated by underground manoeuvres aimed
at derailing the UN peace plan in Western Sahara.
Speaking at the weekend in Algiers, Malaine Sedik, ambassador of the
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in Algeria, said there is
fear of a resumption of hostilities if things are not sorted out
The curfew currently in force in Western Sahara should not be
perceived as an end in itself. It is only a stage in the settlement
plan, he added.
We take the international community as a witness on the Moroccan
position and warn the UN and international organisations of the
dangers of this stalemate, Sedik declared in an interview
published Sunday in the Algerian daily, ’Le matin’.
The international community has proof that we are a peaceful
people, but we are determined to fight for our right, on the strength
of our conviction that law and justice are on our side, he
He added that the Polissario Front, the armed wing of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and the entire people have the military, political and diplomatic means to keep on fighting.
Even so, he said, the Polisario Front continues to
on discussions and dialogue with the UN and the Moroccan party to make
the settlement plan move forward.
We continue to explain, not only our position, but also to warn on
the dangers that are threatening the peace process, he said.
Sedik recalled that
the commission in charge of the identification
of voters has completed the bulk of its work, and that Morocco
insists on including 13,000 people in the voters’ roll against
the UN protocol.
In this respect, he indicated that the meeting that took place Friday in Geneva was supposed to deal with the issue of voters’ roll.
However, the Moroccan delegation withdrew when the question was
raised, declaring that it was not empowered to speak on the
subject, he said.
Sedik also said there were attempts to divert the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara.
The mission’s work consists, he recalls,
in seeing to the
maintenance of the cease-fire and the application of the settlement
plan accepted by the two parties, to enable the Sahrawi people to
express itself freely on its future.
Therefore, if the mission was manipulated to endorse the position of the other side, then it would become irrelevant in efforts to settle the dispute.
On his meeting with US envoy, Ronald Neumann, Sedik said the latter reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the UN-OAU peace plan and to the organisation of a referendum.
He called on UN officials to exercise restraint or risk having their
credibility suffering serious damage.
The current position (of the UN) is a serious precedent. In the
event of failure, it will assume the responsibility, he concluded.