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Angola reiterates "UNGA has full responsibility for completing the decolonization process of the Western Sahara through free expression of Saharawi people"

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New York, Oct 10, 2017 (SPS) - The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Angola to the United Nations, Ambassador Ismael Gaspar Martins, reiterated at the Fourth Committee (Decolonization) that "the General Assembly has the full responsibility of culminating the process of decolonization of Western Sahara via free expression of the Saharawi people and that" Western Sahara remains one of the Non-Self-Governing Territories that are on the agenda of the Special Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations  responsible for decolonization.
"We are concerned about the way in which the issue of Western Sahara is conducted. We believe it is time to implement the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly," said Ambassador Gaspar Martins.
In this regard, Angola calls on the Kingdom of Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO to find an acceptable political solution, under the auspices of the United Nations, by holding a referendum where the Saharawi people can choose their destination" and thus avoid " the destabilization of a volatile region. "
"In this context, we urge the UN Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to fulfill the obligations entrusted," said the representative of Angola in his address to the Committee on Decolonization, while conveying his country's recognition of the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and his special envoy, Mr. Horst Kohler, in the search for a peaceful solution”
Finally, Angola reaffirms its support for the initiatives of the African Union aimed at the conclusion of decolonization in Western Sahara. SPS