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SPS: Norway reaffirms its position in favour of Saharawi people

Norwegian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Raymond Johansen, reaffirmed "the steady position" of his country as well as its readiness to "contribute to the success of the negotiations", during a recent meeting he held with POLISARIO Front's Coordinator with the MINURSO, Mhamed Khadad, a Saharawi official
source indicated.
Published: 13.12 - 2007 08:29Printer version    
Norway reaffirms its position in favour of Saharawi people's right to

Sahara Press Service (SPS)
Oslo, 11/12/2007 (SPS)

Norway, which has always supported a solution to the question of Western Sahara based on the respect of the Saharawi people's right to self-determination, "follows with great interest the process of negotiations between the parties to he conflict, POLISARIO Front and the Moroccan kingdom, that started after the adoption of the resolution 1754 of the Security Council in April, 30, 2007", it was indicated.

The meeting that took place at the seat of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Norwegian Kingdom in Oslo discussed "the bilateral relations and the latest developments of the Saharawi question at the level of the United Nations", the same source stressed.

Mr. Khadad thanked Norway, on behalf of the Saharawi people, for its support to "a solution that conforms to the international legality, that is to say a solution that respects the democratically expressed choice of the Saharawi people as well for helping the Saharawi refugees by humanitarian aid and its refusal to allow the Norwegian companies invest in the occupied territories of the Saharawi Republic".

Besides the Norwegian Minister, the meeting was attended by Mr. Jan Dybfest, Councillor for the Middle East and Mr. Ruth Giverin, from the section of Peace and Negotiations at the Norwegian Ministry for FA.

Photo: Mr. Raymond Johansen




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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