President reaffirms Namibia’s support for rights of people of Palestine and Western Sahara to self-determination and national independence

President Hage Geingob has reaffirmed Namibia’s support for the rights of the people of Palestine and Western Sahara to self-determination and national independence.

Speaking for the first time as Namibia’s third President at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Tuesday, Geingob called upon the UN to assume its full responsibility by implementing all its resolutions and decisions on Palestine with no pre-conditions attached.

He said human rights are not divisible, fundamental freedoms are not divisible, democracy is not divisible, and self-determination is not divisible, and these apply to all human beings on the planet.

The peoples of Palestine and Western Sahara should therefore be allowed to enjoy their inalienable rights to self-determination and national independence as citizens of the world.

Geingob further called for an urgent implementation of all Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, with the aim of holding a free and fair referendum in Western Sahara.

The Palestinian Authority applied for UN membership in 2011, and in 2012 was granted a non-member observer state status.

Western Sahara, formerly the Spanish colony of Spanish Sahara, is a disputed territory claimed by both the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front.

It is listed by the UN as a non-decolonised territory and is thus included in the UN’s list of non-self-governing territories.