The Western Sahara statement from the Icelandic Parliament enjoyed broad cross-political support, 59 MPs voted in favour of the resolution, none voted against and four were absent.
The text of the resolution in its English, unofficial, translation is as follows:
“The Icelandic Parliament requests the Minister for Foreign Affairs to work actively in international forums for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara to be respected as provided for in the resolutions of the United nations Security Council and United Nations General Assembly and to support efforts to find a peaceful and permanent political solution.”
The Icelandic Association for Western Sahara, founded in 2013, congratulates the Parliament with a good statement.
"It shows that the people of Iceland is ever more aware of the injustices suffered by the people of Western Sahara", stated Stefán Pálsson of the Icelandic Association for Western Sahara.
The resolution, tabled by eight MPs from five out of the six parties in parliament, drew strong reaction from Morocco with the Moroccan ambassador to Iceland and a delegation of Moroccan MPs visiting the country.
Since 1975, three quarters of the territory of Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco. A majority of the population is still living in refugee camps in Algeria. Those who remained in their homeland are subjected to serious harassment from the Moroccan occupiers. For more than 40 years the Sahrawis have been waiting for the fullfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.
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