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Colombia denies having a Polisario diplomatic representation on its territory

Image of Polisario troops [File photo]
Polisario troops in Western Sahara [File photo]

The Colombian government has denied having a diplomatic representation for the Polisario Front on its territory, reiterating its position on the Sahara issue in support of the United Nations efforts to find a lasting political solution.

The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “a person in the capital of Bogotá, Mokhtar Leboihi Emboirik who claims to be a Sahrawi ambassador on a mission in Colombia, has no official status or state recognition”.

The foreign ministry stressed that the Colombian government has for several years frozen its recognition of the so-called Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic adding that the latter has no diplomatic representation or ambassador accredited to the Colombian government.

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“Colombia has supported the international community efforts to find a just, lasting and acceptable political solution to the Sahara conflict, in accordance with the UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions.

Last year, the Colombian Senate and House of Representatives affirmed their full support for Morocco’s efforts since 2007 to reach a just, final and acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue.

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