The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

SA, Western Sahara solidify relations

 
27 June 2013

Pretoria - International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosted her Western Sahara counterpart, Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, for bilateral consultations in Pretoria.
The two signed three Memoranda of Understanding on diplomatic consultations; financial contribution toward the construction of a youth sport development complex and financial contribution towards the humanitarian landmine assistance programme.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Nkoana-Mashabane said: “The signing of these agreements will further solidify the strong relations that already exist between South Africa and Western Sahara".
The two ministers also agreed on the need to increase humanitarian support to the Saharawi refugees, who continue to live in the harsh desert conditions due to the non-resolution of the conflict.
“The current difficult security situation in the Sahel Region may also have a negative impact on Western Sahara, and there is a need to urgently convene a referendum to allow Saharawis to choose their destiny,” said Nkoana-Mashabane.
South Africa’s policy on Western Sahara is based on the principles of self-determination, decolonisation, the promotion of human rights and international law.
Nkoana-Mashabane reaffirmed SA’s common view that the issue of Western Sahara remains a question of decolonisation and the inalienable right of people to self-determination, in accordance with the United Nations Charter.
“We note with concern the deteriorating human rights situation in the Western Sahara occupied territories where gross atrocities have been committed against the Saharawi human rights activists and prisoners of conscience by the Moroccan occupying security forces.
“As such, we reiterated our call that the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) be expanded to incorporate a human rights monitoring mechanism,” said Nkoana-Mashabane.
She also deplored the continued illegal exploitation of mineral resources in the Western Sahara occupied territories, which is not permitted by international law - given that Western Sahara has the status of Non-Self-Governing Territory, as per Chapter 11 of the UN Charter.
The United Nations has been involved in efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended. – SAnews.gov.za

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

May 2017 Edition

_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

South Africa and Brazil enjoy strong relations 16 May 2017 South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosted the Minister of External Relations of the... <|> Ambassador Christophe Farnaud awards Alan Mabin On Monday 15 May 2017, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud, hosted a reception in honor of Professor Alan Mabin to... <|> SKA SA bags yet another milestone 17 May 2017 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) SA team has presented the first Array Release (AR) 1.5 images taken with MeerKAT 32, to Science and Technology... <|> Paint the World 21 May 2017 Ms Lika Torikashvili, a Georgian teenager and five of her friends took some balloons and a guitar to a hospital in Tbilisi to cheer up patients with colour and music.... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> SA participates in National Urban Policy conference 21 May 2017 South African Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel has participated in the Second International... <|> IDSA Organizes Successful Charity Bazaar 22 May 2017 The International Diplomatic Spouses Association (IDSA) organized a successful Charity Bazaar and Family Fun Day at the St. Mary’s DSG in... <|> AU - EU has a strong Partnership 22 May 2017 Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy has stated that the AU-EU partnership is one of the most structured of... <|> Travel across Africa 19 May 2017 Africa Visa Openness Index notes that Africans were able to travel more freely across the continent in 2016 compared to 2015. The African Development Bank in... <|> Hungary and South Africa Water cooperation 24 May 2017 Mr Szilverszter Bus, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Hungary was in South Africa. A cooperation... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.