Algeria, Rwanda reiterate support to Saharawi people’s right to self-determination

Algiers, April 22, 2015 (SPS) - Algeria and Rwanda expressed Wednesday their support to United Nations’ efforts to reach a just and lasting political settlement, based on Western Sahara people’s “inalienable” right to self-determination through a “free, honest and impartial referendum.”
“On the question of Western Sahara, the two leaders reaffirmed their support to the efforts of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and his personal envoy, Christopher Ross, to achieve a just and lasting political settlement based on the exercise by the people of Western Sahara of their inalienable right to self-determination through a free, fair and impartial referendum,” stated a joint communiqué issued at the end of the state visit of Rwandan President Paul Kagame to Algeria.
In this context, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his Rwandan counterpart reiterated their “solidarity” with the Saharawi people in their fight to achieve national aspirations.
They expressed “satisfaction” for the contribution of the African Union (AU) on this issue, particularly of which the appointment of Mr. Joaquim Chissano as a special envoy, and the adoption by the Peace and Security Council of a communiqué on March 17, 2015.
The two leaders urged the UN Security Council to “take all necessary decisions” to ensure progress in the search for a solution to the Western Sahara conflict, recognizing its crucial role and primary responsibility in the maintenance of international peace and security.(SPS)