Foreign Minister Encouraged to be More Vocal on Western Sahara

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Foreign Minister Encouraged to be More Vocal on Western Sahara

By Zoë Robert
Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Iceland's current minister for foreign affairs. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The Icelandic parliament’s foreign affairs committee recommends in a new version of its report on the parliamentary resolution on supporting the self-determination of inhabitants of Western Sahara that the resolution be accepted, visir.is reports. 

The report confirms the previous position taken by Iceland that the self-determination of the population of Western Sahara should be respected and that the Minister for Foreign Affairs be encouraged to actively promote such a policy internationally.

Spain relinquished the administrative control of Western Sahara to a joint administration by Morocco (which had formally claimed the territory since 1957) and Mauritania in 1975 after occupying Western Sahara since the late 19th century, according to Wikipedia. However, western countries, including Iceland, neither recognized the independence of Western Sahara nor Morocco’s claim to the area. Since a United Nations-sponsored ceasefire agreement in 1991, most of the territory has been controlled by Morocco.

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