Geingob extends solidarity to Western Sahara

26 Sep 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 SEP (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Tuesday re-iterated Namibia’s unwavering commitment to the right of self-determination and freedom of the people of Western Sahara.
In a speech at the general debate of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Geingob said the anti-colonial struggle in Africa and the international solidarity extended to Namibia during that period informs his stance that no one should be left behind in the quest for global peace.
Addressing the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, Geingob said the African Union (AU) and the UN are solid partners in conflict resolution, noting that this cooperation has helped silence the guns in many parts of Africa.
“These efforts are informed by our understanding that without peace, our ability to realise Agenda 2063 and the recently launched African Continental Free Trade Area will be undermined,” Geingob said.
The general debate is being held under the theme ‘Galvanizing multilateral effort for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion’.
Geingob said world leaders in attendance should ponder whether socio-economic inclusion and poverty eradication can be achieved without peace.
Geingob said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held a solidarity conference for Polisario and the people of Western Sahara in South Africa this year and that world peace cannot be achieved without the people of Western Sahara gaining their inherent rights to freedom and independence.
He said peace is a deep-rooted commitment to the principles of liberty, justice, equality and solidarity among all human beings.
The Polisario Front is the recognised representative of the people of Western Sahara, a country which has been under Moroccan occupation.