STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION IN GUERGUERAT
12/11/2020 Western Sahara

In recent days, tensions have increased over the Guerguerat illegal border gap with Mauritania due to the Moroccan occupation's failure to comply with Military Agreement No1. The Moroccan occupying forces are conducting an operation to move large numbers of their gendarmes and other security forces into the area, which is part of the Buffer Strip and where “the entry of Royal Moroccan Army and Frente POLISARIO Military Forces personnel or equipment, by ground or air, and the firing of weapons in or over this area, is prohibited at all times and is a violation”. They have also already started to dress their security personnel in civilian clothes, and it is a concern on that they may launch an attack against the Saharawi civilians who have been peacefully demonstrating for several weeks against the illegal breakthrough in Guerguerat. As we did in our 20th General Assembly, the World Federation of Democratic Youth believes that the situation in Western Sahara merits urgent solidarity and attention from the international community, and all anti-imperialist and progressive forces worldwide, to support Saharawi people legitimate and noble struggle against the ongoing occupation by the Moroccan authorities and for exercising their right of self-determination. We strongly support our comrades of the UJSARIO, to the Saharawi civilians demonstrating in front of the illegal Moroccan-built breach in Guerguarat region and support their struggles as the legitimate right to close this illegal and continuous violation of the settlement plan and ceasefire. We denounce the ongoing occupation of Western Sahara by the Moroccan authorities, which is preventing the Saharawi people from exercising the right of self-determination. This is against all UN resolutions and the principles of international law. We denounce the negligence international organisations such as the United Nations or the imperialist European Union (especially, Spain and France), which are doing nothing to put an end to the illegal occupation by Morocco (or even they are taking advantage of the Saharawi natural resources under Moroccan authorities’ control), and condemn this accomplice silence. We call on all sister organisations to do their utmost to raise awareness of their peoples about the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, the complicity of the ruling classes with this occupation, and about the necessity of supporting the Saharawi cause and struggles. We reaffirm our steadfast position on the side of the Saharawi youth and their right to self-determination and a free sovereign state. Western Sahara is a non-self-governing territory according to the UN, has been treated as a case of decolonisation since 1963, and as such it must be resolved.