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Calls for Western Sahara self-determination at UN Fourth Committee

Several states called for a self-determination referendum to be held in Western Sahara, whilst speaking at the UN Fourth Committee for Special Political and Decolonization, in New York on Thursday, reports SPS.

Reiterating Botswana's support of Sahrawi self-determination, Botswana's ambassador to the UN, Charles T. Ntwaagae, said "Saharans should have the right to choose between independence and integration with Morocco, and be given the opportunity to do so through a referendum".

Nigeria's minister to the Fourth Committee, Anthony Bosah, said a self-determination referendum for Western Sahara was one of the most pressing tasks for the UN.

On Tuesday, Uruguay's Permanent Ambassador to the UN, Gonzalo Konckhe said the Sahrawi people's right to self-determination needed to be respected.