Danish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee adopted a new report on Western Sahara

Copenhagen (Denmark), May 10, 2014 (SPS) - Denmark Parliament adopts recently new policy on Western Sahara.

”The report sends a clear signal to Morocco that we will not turn a blind eye to their repeated human rights violations in Western Sahara,” Christian Juhl from the Danish party the Red-Green Alliance said in a press statement Saturday, commenting on the Danish Foreign Affairs Committee’s newly adopted report on Western Sahara.

The report, which was approved by a clear majority of Danish Parliamentary parties, amongst other things stated that Denmark will continue to support the endeavors  of the United Nations to ensure a referendum on the status of Western Sahara, that the UN peacekeeping mission, MINURSO, must be allowed to monitor the human rights situation in Western Sahara, that Danish governmental institutions and companies are recommended not to buy products from Western Sahara, and that Denmark will consider supporting the over 150,000 Saharawi refugees who live in the Algerian desert.

In the press statement, Christian Juhl also said that he was optimistic about the future of Western Sahara and Denmark’s role in solving the conflict to the satisfaction of the Saharawis. “The report is definitely a step in the right direction, and by adopting a clear set of policies on Western Sahara, we have taken the first step towards recognition of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).” (SPS)