At UN, W. Sahara Resolution Approved,
Exploitative Fishing Continues, Pascoe's Murky Trip
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
October 21 -- The lingering
of Western Sahara came up for a vote on Tuesday in the UN's Fourth
Committee. Inner City Press interviewed two representatives of the
Front. Both expressed moderated satisfaction with the resolution about
voted on. The key is Operative Paragraph Two, said the first, pointing
section saying that the General Assembly "strongly supports Security
Council Resolution 1754 (2007), by which the Council called upon the
enter into negotiations without preconditions... which will provide for
self-determination of the people of Western Sahara." He went to say
"the rest is bull [excrememt]."
the other hand, likes the subsequent
paragraphs, and pushed for inclusion of such concepts as political
which some equate not only with Elliot Abrams but further back with
Kissinger -- who incidentally is slated to appear at the UN on October
Hans Blix and others.
The second Polisario representative present at
referring to Monday's
voting-down of Argentina's language that
self-determination must be qualified by any question of sovereignty
exist, blamed Argentina for not simply making a resolution about
Island, instead of putting other situations like Western Sahara into
Inner City Press asked the UN's former envoy to Western Sahara
Batagli about the European Union's agreement with Morocco which the EU
gives its members permission to fish off the coast of Western Sahara. Batagli said Spain is using the agreement to
exploit Western Saharan waters, while Sweden disagreed on these grounds
the EU's agreement with Morocco.
Unloading in Western Sahara, Batagli and flag not
Batagli, who also served in Kosovo, said he left the UN because he was
embarrassed. In Western Sahara, he said, the Moroccan flag was allowed
to fly over that of the UN. They sent me there without no tools, he
said, echoing another UN envoy, to Myanmar
diplomatic service that brought Batagli to the UN told Inner City Press
the UN's Lynn Pascoe was then going to Rabat to try to convince the
government to accept as Ban's envoy to Western Sahara the American
Ross. Pascoe was seen in the UN on
Monday, eating Chinese food. Was his trip to Rabat successful? "Morocco
trying to humiliate Ross," one of the Polisario representatives told
good start," Inner City Press commented.
whom?" came the response. "For Ross? Or for Morocco?"
the meeting was to start at 3, at 3:18 the crowd was still milling
chairman, Argentine himself, gaveled open the meeting. By 3:24, the
had been rubber stamped, and the first speaker began: Jean-Maurice
Ripert of France,
which actively keep human rights out of the Western Sahara process. Droits de
l'homme, mon oeil. The meeting was over by 3:33.
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