Algeria, Cuba reaffirm Saharawi people’s right to self-determination

Algiers, May 6, 2015 (SPS) - Algeria and Cuba reaffirmed Tuesday their support to the United Nations’ efforts aimed at achieving a “fair” and “lasting” political settlement to the Saharawi issue based on the exercise by the Sahrawi people of their right to self-determination, according to a joint statement released at the end of the State visit paid to Algeria by Cuban President Raul Castro.
“Concerning the Western Saharan issue, Africa’s last colony, the two delegations reaffirmed their support to the efforts of the secretary general of the United Nations and his special envoy aimed at achieving a fair and lasting political settlement based on the inalienable right of the Sahrawi people to exercise their self-determination as part of a free, fair and impartial referendum,” according to the source.
In this regard, the two sides expressed their “solidarity” with the people of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in their efforts to “achieve their legitimate aspirations,” added the source.
On this occasion, the two delegations hailed the “positive” contribution of the African Union (AU) to seeking a political solution in accordance with its own decisions on the issue and “welcomed” the mission entrusted to former President of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano.
Algeria and Cuba urged the Security Council to “take all the necessary measures to expedite the implementation of the settlement of this conflict in accordance with the international law,” said the source. (SPS)