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Monday, 29 November 2004
Page: 72

Senator ALLISON (5:08 PM) —by leave—I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 1570 of 28 October 2004 reaffirms its commitment to the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara,

(ii) the republic of South Africa extended full recognition and established diplomatic relations with the Saharawi Republic on 15 September 2004, and

(iii) the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic is a fully-fledged member of the African Union recognised by over 70 countries worldwide; and

(b) urges the Government to:

(i) extend full support to the organisation of a free, fair and transparent referendum of self-determination for the people of Western Sahara,

(ii) vote in favour of the resolution on Western Sahara in the UN General Assembly,

(iii) use its best efforts to persuade Morocco to accept the latest UN peace plan that is based on the organisation of a referendum of self-determination in Western Sahara,

(iv) provide humanitarian assistance to the Saharawi refugees who need food and medicine urgently, and

(v) positively consider extending diplomatic recognition to the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic at the appropriate time.

Question agreed to.