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Thursday, 30 September 1999
Page: 9218

Motion (by Senator Brown) agreed to:

That the Senate—

(a) welcomes the progress made by the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in Western Sahara, through the organisation of a free and fair referendum to enable its people to exercise their right to self-determination, in July 2000;

(b) calls on Morocco to abide by the UN-OAU peace plan and to fully cooperate with these organisations in their efforts to organise the referendum; and

(c) urges the Australian Government:

(i) to extend all due assistance to the UN mission in Western Sahara, and

(ii) to establish official contacts with representatives of Polisario, the movement representing the people of Western Sahara.