Saturday, March 11, 2006

SADR -Anti-personal mines

ADRD/ANIVERSAIRE
Polisario destroyed more than 3.000 Anti-personal mines
Tifariti (liberated territories), 27/02/2006 (SPS) Polisario Front destroyed, Monday in Tifariti, a part of its stock of mines, indicated a spokesperson of the Saharawi Ministry for Defence, in charge of this operation, which took place in margin of the celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the Saharawi Republic organised in this liberated territories.
Intervening during the ceremony, which took place under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, the Saharawi Minister of Defence, Mohamed Lemine Bouhali, underlined that this initiative illustrates the Saharawi people choice of "a just and lasting peace in the region on the basis of the respect of their legitimate rights to freedom and independence ".
The Minister deplored that Morocco "is still refusing to destroy its stock of mines, an dis obstinate to maintain the military wall of separation and to intensify the repression in the Saharawi occupied territories".
On her part, the President of the Geneva Call, Mrs. Elisabeth Reusse-Decrey, congratulated the Polisario Front "for this courageous initiative by hic hit took the path of the humanity. She launched an appeal to the international community to exercise pressures of Morocco so as to push it follow the example of the Polisario Front and destroy its mines, which "do not differentiate between the step of a child or a soldier".
The Geneva Call is an international humanitarian constituted in 2000 by members of the International Campaign against antipersonnel mines, working for the engagement of the parties that did not sign the Ottawa Convention in the struggle against mines. It offers a complementary mechanism to the Convention, which allow these actors to adhere the norms of interdiction of mines signing the Act of Engagement. To this date, 27 movements signed the Geneva Call.
Rabat, which is not a signing party of the Ottawa Convention of 1997, installed millions mines in the region, all along the wall of send of more than 2.000 kilometres, which is also fortified with heavy weapons, trench, barbed wires and soldiers cutting the Western Sahara and its people in two parts from the north to the south. (SPS)



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