An exhibition about the struggle of the Sahrawi people opens in Bolivia

“The exhibition will open this Tuesday at the Simón Rodríguez Cultural Center of the Venezuelan Embassy in Bolivia and will reflect the achievement of our people in defending their sovereignty,” said SADR Ambassador Ahmed Salem Mohamed Ahmed in an interview with Latin Press.

During the conversation with this news agency, the diplomat highlighted the resistance of this people with their liberation army at the front line against the Moroccan occupying forces and analyzed the history of this conflict and its current situation.

“After 15 years of cruel armed confrontation between the Sahrawi army and the Moroccan occupiers, the United Nations (UN) and African Unity have agreed to a peace process,” he recalled.

Salem Mohamed recalled that it was accepted by both parties: the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguía el Hamra and Río de Oro (Polisario) and Morocco.

As part of the so-called peace plan, the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (Minurso) was created in 1991, which envisaged the implementation of this consultation within a period of 12 months and the declaration of a ceasefire within this period. .

However, the ambassador stressed: “After 30 years of multiple maneuvers by the Moroccan occupiers, which led to the failure to organize the self-determination referendum, and the lack of pressure from the UN Security Council, a new situation of instability has emerged in the region.”

He noted that Moroccan forces attacked unarmed Sahrawi civilians peacefully demonstrating against repression in the occupied territories in Guergarat, southeast of Western Sahara.

In addition, Morocco built a wall in the area, violating the ceasefire and starting the war on November 13, 2020.

“Since then, the Sahrawi people and their liberation army have been waging a war of attrition,” reported the ambassador, “which bears fruit daily not only in the human and material losses of the Moroccan army, but also in their low morale.”

He added that these wars also had a damaging impact on the Moroccan economy and the resulting social unrest.

Salem Mohamed stressed that the SADR is a full member of African Unity at the political and diplomatic levels and enjoys the recognition of 84 countries, as well as having almost 20 embassies on three continents and Polisario Front representations in almost all areas. the world.

With 266,000 square kilometers and 1,100 kilometers of coastline in the Atlantic Ocean, SADR's main resources are mining (phosphates), fishing and other mineable mining resources.