Former Mozambique President calls for speedy solution to Saharawi issue

Maputo, March 6, 2014 (SPS) – Former President of the Republic of Mozambique Mr. Joaquim Alberto Chissano, stressed on the need to speed up the settlement of Saharawi issue, through a free, just and impartial referendum on self-determination for the Saharawi people.
In a meeting with the Saharawi Ambassador in Mozambique Mr. Wadadi Cheick Ahmed Lheiba, Mr. Chissano voiced “unconditional” solidarity and support to the Saharawi people’s fight for total sovereignty and independence.
On his side, the Saharawi diplomat informed his interlocutor about the latest developments on the peace process in Western Sahara, regretting Morocco’s obstructions to the UN efforts aimed at reaching a solution that provides for the Saharawi people’s rights in accordance with international legality.
The two sides examined the need to form a Mozambique committee to support the Saharawis people.
Mr. Chissano had previously visited the Saharawi refugee camps and liberated territories of Western Sahara, during his tenure in the presidency of Mozambique from 1986 to 2005.
He is one of the founding members of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo). and served as a foreign minister after the independence of Mozambique.
Currently, he is the Chairperson of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation and of the Africa Forum of Former African Heads of State and Government.
The meeting was also attended by the first-secretary at SADR embassy in Maputo, Sid Mhamed Ahmed.