NEW YORK (United States)- Decolonization of Western Sahara is an « urgent and crucial issue » for the region’s stability, Algeria’s ambassador and permanent representative at the United Nations, Sabri Boukadoum said, adding that there is no alternative to the respect of Western Sahara’s right to self-determination.
There is « no alternative to the United Nations doctrine on decolonization » Boukadoum said at a meeting of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, also called the UN General Assembly « Fourth Committee ».
« To Algeria, the settlement of Western Sahara conflict is an urgent and crucial issue for stability, progress and integration in the Maghreb, the only sub-region in Africa where there is no such a process yet. » the Algerian diplomat said.
Quoting Jose Marti, he said « We are free, but not to be evil, not to be indifferent to human suffering. »
Boukadoum said it was with bitterness and frustration that the international community was still debating colonialism in 2017, adding that it was also truly appalling that there were still 17 non‑Self‑Governing Territories.
There could be no discussion over the merits of colonialism and domination, he added.
« There is some consciousness being built here » he said.