New York, 15 October 2022 (TDI): Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, the Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, expressed support for UN efforts to solve the Moroccan Sahara Problem by Peaceful Means on Friday.

The official statement came in the general discussions of the 4th Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the United Nations General Assembly for its 77th session on the provisions relating to decolonization (Moroccan Sahara).

Remarks regarding the issue of the Moroccan Sahara

In the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on the provisions relating to decolonization (Moroccan Sahara), the state of Qatar expressed full support for a political solution to the problem of the Moroccan Sahara.

The state of Qatar aimed to facilitate a political solution to the problem within the framework of the political process supervised by the United Nations and under the relevant Security Council resolutions, the latest of which is Resolution 2548 (2020).

He said Qatar believes in settling differences and disputes through dialogue, negotiations, and peaceful means. Moreover, Qatar expressed its support in a manner that guarantees the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Moreover, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani also expressed the State of Qatar’s welcome to the autonomy initiative the Kingdom of Morocco submitted. He said, in his address, that it is a constructive initiative and represents an objective basis for any realistic and sustainable solution to this issue.

Support for Anti-colonial principles

In the session, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani stressed Qatar’s continuous support for anti-colonial principles. He addressed Qatar’s beliefs in ending colonialism and foreign occupation in all its forms and manifestations.

In addition, he reiterated the emphasis on the Declaration on Granting Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples No. 15/14 of 1960. The resolution affirms that continuing colonialism and occupation means continuing the violation of fundamental human rights and dignity.

Moreover, he also referred to several international human rights charters and treaties in this field, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and UN resolutions related to decolonization.

Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani called on all member states and parties to seek and cooperate seriously to reach just settlements for all cases before the committee.

The settlements, he stressed in his address, must follow international law and in a manner that considers each case’s specifics.

Lastly, He expressed his hope that the draft resolution that the committee will consider on this issue will support the political process and reach a final and sustainable solution.

The solution would serve the interests of the parties and is in the interest of strengthening stability and cooperation in the region and international peace and security.