WINDHOEK, 28 MAY – President Hage Geingob has encouraged the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)’s President, Brahim Ghali to continue with their pursuit of self-determination and independence.
Speaking during Ghali’s visit to State House on Monday, Geingob promised that his administration would call on the Southern African Development Community and the African Union (AU) to demand the implementation of security council resolutions.
Geingob also spoke of his hopes for United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Western Sahara, former German President Horst Köhler’s influence on the Western Sahara conflict.
Köhler was appointed Special Envoy last August.
“[The] stalemate has been too much and people have been waiting for too long,” Geingob said.
He further appealed to Köhler to persuade his government to “do what is right legally”.
“We are not saying we are going to fight, we are saying diplomatic peaceful channels just to implement UN Security Council resolutions,” he said.
Western Sahara is claimed by both the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front as its own, and is listed on the United Nations List of Non-Self-Governing Territories.
The ongoing conflict between the Polisario Front and the Kingdom of Morocco dates back to 1975 and is a continuation of the past insurgency by Polisario against Spanish colonial forces in 1973 to 1975.
Speaking at the same occasion, Ghali told the media the Sahrawi case has been on the table of the UN’s Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (Fourth Committee) since 1963.
“From 1963 up to now the UN issued various resolutions in support of our right to self-determination and to end the case of colonisation,” he said.
Ghali emphasised that SADR was supposed to have a referendum in 1992, but Morocco supported by “some powers” placed obstacles ahead of the referendum.
“We are determined and will continue to struggle until we get our rights,” he noted.
The SADR Head of State explained that the reason behind the conflict is because of Western Sahara’s natural resources and its strategic geographic location.
Ghali arrived on Sunday upon invitation by Geingob.
The purpose of his State visit is to enhance bilateral relations as well as strengthen solidarity with the people of SADR.
He is expected to leave Namibia on Tuesday.