Where Does the Western Sahara Belong?

The second session of the UNGA began with a moderated caucus during which the delegate of Brazil claimed that Morocco has control over 50% of Western Sahara’s land. However, the delegate of Brazil was interjected by the delegate of Morocco who said it was 100%, indicating the deepening dispute over the region.

Both the Polisario Front, a Sahrawi rebel movement aiming to end Moroccan presence in the Western Sahara, and Morocco, want control of Western Sahara for its oil reserves. To do this they have initiated in a military exchange of power and the people of Western Sahara want no part in this.

The delegate of Brazil mentioned in her speech that Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) would be better governed in two different zones where one part could be controlled by Morocco and the other could be controlled by the Sahrawi people. Upon being questioned, she answered, that as a majority of the population of Western Sahara is Moroccan, Morocco should rule a part of the land. Even then, there would be one part left for the minority to govern, ensuring that it does not get oppressed.

The delegate of Japan discussed the Polisario Front and the Moroccan dispute. The delegate went on to voice out that she would wait for the mobs and terrorism to stop and that giving time to settle the disputes between themselves was the best option as of then.

Reporter: Bhuvan Gupta, Gulf News

Editor: Aryan Sharma