Stockholm 2001-06-25


Members of the UN Security Council

United Nations

New York


Dear Sirs,

We have with great astonishment and dismay studied the press statements on the latest report of the Secretary General concerning the decolonisation of Western Sahara, a process that has been going on since 1966.

According to consistent media reports the Secretary General is proposing UN to abandon the settlement plan. To deny the Saharawi people their inalienable right to self-determination at the very last step of the process just because Morocco refuses accept the UN organisation of the referendum is to give in to intransigence and obstruction of international agreements. The situation rather demands firmness and innovative approaches to see the agreed peace plan respected and implemented, honouring the principles enshrined in the UN Charter.

The autonomy solution for Polisario and the Saharawi population outlined in the media leaves all decisive tools of government in the hands of Morocco and would be a justification of the illegal occupation and colonisation of Western Sahara. That would be an ill-advised decision seriously undermining confidence and credibility in the UN, both morally and politically.

It is therefore our sincere hope that the Security Council will adopt a resolution, which fully supports the existing peace plan and with determination addresses the obstacles to its speedy implementation.

Yours sincerely

Sören Lindh

For Afrikagrupperna/the Africa Groups of Sweden

Jan Strömdahl

Western Sahara Committee in Sweden



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