Geingob extends solidarity to Western Sahara

President Hage Geingob on Tuesday re-iterated Namibia's unwavering commitment to the right of self-determination and freedom of the people of Western Sahara.

In a speech delivered at the general debate of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Geingob said the anti-colonial struggle in Africa and the international solidarity extended to Namibia during that period informs his stance that no one should be left behind in the quest for global peace.

Addressing the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Geingob said the African Union (AU) and the U.N. are solid partners in conflict resolution.

He said this cooperation has helped silence the guns in many parts of Africa.

These efforts are informed by our understanding that without peace, our ability to realize Agenda 2063 and the recently launched African Continental Free Trade Area will be undermined. Geingob said.

Geingob congratulated Tjijani Muhammad Bande of Nigeria on his unanimous election as president of the 74th session of the UNGA.

He said Nigeria's principled and generous contribution to Africa's decolonization process is unquestionable and assured him of Namibia's support and cooperation during his tenure.

The general debate is being held under the theme Galvanizing multilateral effort for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion.

Geingob said world leaders in attendance should ponder whether socio-economic inclusion and poverty eradication can be achieved without peace.

Geingob said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held a solidarity conference for Polisario and the people of Western Sahara in South Africa this year and that world peace cannot be achieved without the people of Western Sahara and Palestine gaining their inherent rights to freedom and independence.

He said peace is a deep-rooted commitment to the principles of liberty, justice, equality and solidarity among all human beings.

Polisario are the officially recognised representatives of the people of Western Sahara.

A country which was invaded by Morocco and Mauritania in 1974 and has been under the illegal occupation of Morocco ever since.

Western Sahara is regarded as Africa's last colony and president Geingob extended solidarity in line with Namibia cabinet resolution that it is matter of principle for Namibia to honour its obligation to support Western Sahara so that they too can enjoy their freedom.

Source: Namibia Press Agency