New York, 5 October 2023 (TDI): Qatar has once again voiced unwavering support for the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres’ efforts to facilitate a lasting & mutually agreed-upon political resolution to the issue of the Moroccan Sahara.

This reaffirmation of support was delivered by the Third Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the UN, Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani.

During the meeting of the Fourth Committee of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) focused on decolonization items.

Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani emphasized Qatar’s belief in resolving differences and disputes through peaceful dialogue, negotiations, and other means consistent with international law and the principles outlined in the UN Charter.

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Qatar expressed its continued welcome of the autonomy initiative proposed by the Kingdom of Morocco, recognizing it as a constructive and realistic foundation for a sustainable resolution to this longstanding issue.

Furthermore, Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani expressed hope that the draft resolution under consideration by the Committee would contribute significantly to bolstering the political process and achieving a comprehensive, lasting peace.

It is pertinent to note that such an outcome would serve the interests of all parties involved, enhance regional security, promote stability and cooperation, and contribute to international peace and security.

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Likewise, Qatar reiterated its firm stance in support of ending colonialism and foreign occupation in all its forms and manifestations. In this vein, it stressed the importance of the Declaration of Granting Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

The aforementioned Declaration underscores that the perpetuation of colonialism and occupation entails the violation of fundamental human rights and dignity, a perspective aligned with numerous international human rights agreements and treaties.

This includes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and various UN resolutions addressing the cessation of colonialism.

Regarding the Committee’s discussions on decolonization matters, the Third Secretary of Qatar’s Permanent Mission to the UN called upon all member states and relevant stakeholders to work diligently and cooperate earnestly.

Therefore their aim should be to reach just settlements for all cases presented to the Committee, in accordance with international law and with due consideration of the unique circumstances of each case.