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AFRICA / Letters to the UN on the extension of MINURSO's mandate in Western Sahara
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 29/10/2019
Original: Cartas a la ONU sobre la prórroga del mandato de la MINURSO en el Sáhara Occidental
Translations available: Français 

Letters to the UN on the extension of MINURSO's mandate in Western Sahara

Luis Portillo Pasqual del Riquelme


Here are the letters sent to the UN General Secretary and the ambassadors of the countries members of the UN Security Council


Dear Sir / Dear Madam,

At the end of this month of October, the UN Security Council must decide on the extension of MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara).

On this occasion, many people from different countries in solidarity with Western Sahara and the Sahrawi People have sent letters to each and every one of the members (permanent and non-permanent) of the Security Council asking that MINUSRSO carry out the mandate for that was created: that the referendum of self-determination be held and that the Sahrawi people can decide freely about their future and finally live free and in peace.

Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara is the last colony of Africa.

This is one of the letters I have sent to each and every member of the Security Council and to the UN Secretary General himself.

I do not want my letter to be silenced and remain unknown in the drawer of the UN bureaucrats table, so I authorize its dissemination by any means.

Thank you very much for your attention.


44 years have passed since Morocco invaded and occupied Western Sahara manu militari.

The Sahrawi population in the Occupied Territories is being the victim of major abuses and systematic repression by the Moroccan occupation forces.

John Bolton himself complained about the inefficiency of MINURSO, as Frank Ruddy and many others did. The United Nations are discrediting at full speed.

Certain countries with the right of veto in the UN Security Council should not allow Morocco to continue preventing a clean and full-fledged self-determination referendum in Western Sahara.

Everyone talks about Western Sahara except their own native population, the Sahrawis, who have not been legally consulted on how they want to live in the future.

The UN must fulfil its obligation to achieve a peaceful solution; but if the Alawite regime continues to stubbornly hinder a fair solution, the UN Security Council should apply Chapter VII of the UN Charter, as was done when the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.

This is the decolonization of a territory - Western Sahara - over which Morocco has never held any title of sovereignty, as the International Court of Justice already ruled in 1975 (at the request of Morocco itself!) and has reiterated the Court of Justice of the European Union in sentences of 2016 and 2018.

With its paralysis on the issue of Western Sahara, the UN is giving a show to the entire world and destroying its own credibility.


From my modest condition as a citizen of the world, I strongly urge you to help solve the enormous injustice perpetrated against the life of the Sahrawi people by demanding the celebration of the promised referendum of self-determination, so that that people can return and live in peace on the earth that Morocco stole them.

MINURSO must immediately assume the supervision of respect for human rights in the Occupied Areas of Western Sahara.

Morocco must free the Sahrawi political prisoners.

The UN and its Security Council cannot keep looking the other way.

Thanking you for your attention, Dear Ambassador, please accept the assurances of my highest consideration,

Luis Portillo Pasqual del Riquelme
Ph. D. in Economics, former professor at the Autonomous University of
Madrid (Spain)



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Tags: Occupied Western SaharaMoroccan occupationRight to self-determinationReferendum on self-determinationMINURSOUNSC

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