The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (13 December) endorsed two resolution on the Western Sahara.
The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (13 December) endorsed two resolution on the Western Sahara. The resolutions reaffirmed the "inalienable right of the people of the Western Sahara to self-determination", and called for prompt action to find a just equitable solution to the question of the Western Sahara.
SYNOPSIS: The second resolution was supported by Morocco and Mauritania, who divided the Western Sahara between them after Spain's withdrawal in 1975. The resolution also calls on all member states not to do anything that might impede the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in resolving the future of the Western Sahara. It was passed by sixty-six votes to thirty-three, with forty abstentions.
The President of the General Assembly, Senor Indalecio Lievano, also called for a vote on a resolution reaffirming the Western Saharan people's right to self determination. This motion was supported by the backers of the Polisario Front, which has been fighting a guerrilla was against Moroccan and Mauritanian troops over the past two years.
When the count was taken, ninety nations voted for the resolution, ten against, and thirty-six nations abstained.
The two resolutions were each supported by rival parties in the dispute over the former Spanish colony, but were not seen as contradicting one another. The Algerian-backed Polisario Front want independence for other hand, depends economically on the annexation of its part of the Western Sahara.