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Japanese politicians express support for Western Sahara self-determination

Four Japanese senators, a former prime minister of Japan, and several MPs have expressed support for self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, urging a rapid referendum.

In four letters addressed to the Japanese government, the Japanese senators and parliamentarians "expressed solidarity with the people of Western Sahara and all world people who fight for independence, peace, democracy and the social progress, urging Japanese parliamentarians to act "efficiently and concretely" to solve the long-standing conflict of Western Sahara", reported AllAfrica this week.

In a separate letter, the former prime minister of Japan, Ukio Hatoyama, called on his government to support "more strongly" and contribute "concretely" to UN efforts in Western Sahara, and urged "quick implementation" of a self-determination referendum, Sahara Press Service reported.