Ambassador Hilale affirmed that keeping the Western Sahara issue within the 4th committee’s agenda violates the UN Charter.
Western Sahara “is indeed the only issue that continues to be discussed and to be subject to a resolution by the 4th Committee, while the Security Council has been engaged with this issue since 1988,” Hilale said in a statement before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York, Tuesday.
Hilale considered the double examination of the Western Sahara issue as “anachronistic,” Maghreb Arab Press reported October 16.
According to Hilale, this “violates Article 12 of the UN Charter which stipulates that while the Security Council is exercising in respect of any dispute or situation the functions assigned to it in the present Charter, the General Assembly shall not make any recommendation with regard to that dispute or situation unless the Security Council so requests.”
Hilale said that the objective of the founding fathers of our organization through this article is threefold:
“To prevent a situation where two UN bodies are dealing with the same issue; to avoid the adoption of contradictory decisions, as it is currently the case with the resolution of the 4th Committee on the Moroccan Sahara and that of the Security Council on the political process; to ensure the preponderance and preeminence of the Security Council, which is the source of international law and which remains the main UN body in charge of peacekeeping and international security.”
Hilale stressed that Morocco will not stop calling on the 4th Committee to part with Western Sahara to “ensure serenity and the appropriate atmosphere for the relaunch of the political process under the auspices of the Security Council.”