Western Sahara – 11 June 2015

AU Urges Security Council to Make Comprehensive Review of Polisario Front-Morocco Negotiation Process
The African Union (AU) called on the UN Security Council to make a comprehensive review of the negotiation process between the Polisario Front and Morocco to hold a self-determination referendum for the Saharawi people.
On the occasion of the International Conference on the decolonization of Western Sahara, held from 2 to 4 June in the Nigerian capital, President of Zimbabwe and current Chairman of the AU Mugabe called on, in a speech read by his Ambassador in Abuja, the Security Council “to take the necessary decisions to resolve the conflict of Western Sahara”.

ASUU calls for sanctions against Morocco to end colonization of Western Sahara Republic
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on African states to impose economic sanctions on Morocco to end the colonization of Western Sahara.
ASUU also tasked African countries to use their bilateral relations and act individually and collectively to exert all forms of pressure on Morocco to end its illegal occupation of Western Sahara Republic.
Specifically, the union called on the Federal Government to ban the importation of sardine products from Morocco into Nigeria as part of economic sanctions to make it yield to demands to grant autonomy to Western Saharawi.
The Guardian

Abuja Conference Calls UN to Accelerate Organization of Self-Determination Referendum
The participants in the Abuja International conference called the United Nations (UN) to accelerate the organization of a self-determination referendum of the people of Western Sahara.

In a statement that concluded the works of the conference on the decolonization of Western Sahara, held from 2 to 4 June under the theme “Towards the Liberation of The Last Colony In Africa,” the participants called to “organize, as soon as possible, the self-determination referendum of the people of Western Sahara, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations and the African Union (AU), demanding the expansion of the powers of the MINURSO in order to monitor and protect human rights in the occupied Sahrawi territories.”

UN Supports AU Position On Western Sahara Question
President of the UN Assembly General Sam Kahamba Kutesa, affirmed Saturday in Algiers that the United Nations Organization supports the position of the African Union (AU) about Western Sahara, based on the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination.
“We discussed the question of Western Sahara and the UN supports the African Union’s position” about these occupied territories by Morocco for forty years, Kutesa said following his meeting with State Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra.