The Fight for Sovereignty Continues After 40 Years

Havana celebrates anniversary of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic

By: Marylín Luis Grillo


2016-02-27 | 18:13:28 EST
Photo: Abel RojasZoom
The Saharawi Minister for Latin-American and the Caribbean Omar Mansur declared, during the commemorative act for the 40th Anniversary of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), held last Friday at the Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP), that «We continue alive, victorious and fighting for that which belongs to us. »

During the political-cultural activity, Mansur noted the fight of the Saharawi people against these 40 years of Moroccan occupation, where they haven’t engaged in terrorism against any Moroccan organization or people though the Saharawi people are besieged in their own territory.

In addition, he highlighted the effort carried out by the Polisario Front —a Sahrawi rebel national liberation movement working to end the Moroccan presence in the Western Sahara, where he is a founder member—for recognizing the rights of the Saharawi people in the diplomatic field.

The Sahrawi minister was grateful to Cuba for supporting the cause of the Saharawi people and Algeria, where actually hundreds of thousands of Saharawi people have taken refuge. Likewise, Mansur greeted all the African States, especially those that accepted being included in the SADR as full member of the African Union, and at the same time, he highlighted the support of Latin-American and the Caribbean.

In addition, Mansur made a call to the United Nations to act in a definitive way in the solution of the conflict. «From Cuba, we would like to call for taking advantage of the peace opportunity that still exists, » he concluded.

For her part, the Chairwoman of the ICAP Kenia Serrano assured that «the Saharawi people are not alone in their fight, » and she called for the rapid realization of the referendum that will give full sovereignty to the SADR.

The act was led by the Hero of the Republic of Cuba and Deputy Chairmen of ICAP Fernando González Llort; the Chairman of the Cuban-Arab Friendship Association Dr. Rodrigo Álvarez Cambra; the Deputy Director General for Bilateral Matters of the Ministry of Foreign Relations Armando Vergara Bueno, and the Ambassador to the SADR Melainine Etkana, among others.

Likewise, the Mariana de Gonitch Singing Academy took part in the activity; and the Mexican student Marx Cartagena sang La Gaviota by singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, while two young Saharawi scholarship holders training to be doctors in Cuba, performed typical Saharawi dances.

Translated by ESTI

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