28181 - Regarding the lack of representativeness of the Polisario – Statement at the United Nations, New York, 05.10.2016

N. Lygeros
Translated from the Greek by Athena Kehagias

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One of the fundamental problems in regards to the solution of the Sahara conflict is the lack of representativeness of Polisario.
Because it doesn’t allow for a process of structural change to begin.
Therefore, when on October 7th we will again have a re confirmation, since the free elections will be held in the Southern provinces, where all the Sahraouis will be able to express themselves without fearing anything, Polisario doesn’t want to show its mass in numbers, let alone to conduct a census within the camps of Tindouf.
So upon the local context, it’s hiding behind the absence of specific numbers.
This doesn’t constitute a surprise, as it really lacks human resources, on the one hand due to its dogmatism, and on the other due to its inability to integrate new members towards its purposes.
In an arteriosclerotic manner, it continues to proclaim the rights of an entity that it has no control over at all.
Additionally, with the death of its leader, under the pretext of an election with a single candidate, a radical and warmonger person was placed in charge, without a true democratic process taking place, bearing in mind that the specific person himself has not yet responded to the accusations of a torturer and a rapist which forced him to leave Spain in order to avoid the courts of that country.
Consequently, even this form of representation is not acceptable by all those who defend Human Rights.
This overall negative development of Polisario’s behaviour, has various consequences upon the Rasd situation which appears more and more as a hollow entity lacking any power whatsoever.
This indeed constitutes the greatest truth, as many countries which had recognized it in an ideological context, have gradually realized the void it represents, and have withdrawn their initial recognition.
So the trap, false as it was itself, transforms itself.
Because it is simply impossible to request a recognition from the States, when it’s actually regarding a nonexistent structure at an international context.
And to redirect the total matter, so that the United Nations would be forced to find a just, sustainable, tangible, credible and diplomatic solution, we see that Polisario is enclosed within a sort of totalitarian politics which are not in accordance with our era, and is both extreme and inhumane as far as those residing in the Tindouf camps are concerned.
The Lack of Polisario’s representativeness now has consequences upon the African Union as well.
It’s a fact that, the Union had at its epicentre, countries which had recognized Rasd within an ideological mainly context, but without any relation to the actual nature of the problem.
Consequently, with the evolution of politics at a global context, some African countries naturally followed the path of de-recognition.
This position turnaround which initially was considered as a correction of a diplomatic error, was transformed to an historical fact which represents a strategic change in direction, and ultimately a diplomatic failure for Polisario.
This situation clearly indicates that the African countries are not convinced of the value of this structure.
It’s for this reason that the Movement of the 28 African States was sent to the Presidency of the African Union.
These African States in their entirety, have pledged to accelerate a phase change in an efficient way, which is necessary on the one hand due to the return of Morocco to the African Union, and on the other hand, with the expulsion of Rasd, so that there is a strategy consistent with the vision of the United Nations who are seeking for a solution to the conflict without a military character.
Therefore, the non-representativeness of Polisario, as well as its de-recognition by African countries, points to the path towards the liberation of this population from Polisario’s captivity and its extreme influences.
This finally indicates that it’s not regarding a decolonization process, but mainly the liberation of a population which wants a future, free from any inhuman crimes such as the tortures, and the rapes, for which the leader of Polisario has been accused of.