Final resolution of the 37th EUCOCO conference Seville, Spain 3, 4, 5 February 2012
In the presence of President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, the Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, and many personalities from Europe, Africa, Latin America and the United States and the new Sahrawi government, we have opened the 37th European Conference of Coordination of the Support for the Saharawi people (EUCOCO). 500 participants from 21 countries took part in the works of the conference. At the inauguration, President Abdel Aziz reiterated the determination of the Saharawi people after the 13th Congress of the Polisario Front to carry out a determined struggle for the fulfillment of the inalienable rights of the Saharawi people to self determination. He welcomed the positive signs registered in Europe and the United States to put an end to the Western Sahara conflict under the international law and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations. It reaffirms the unbreakable will of the Saharawi people to carry out the process of self-determination for Western Sahara independence. Many of the messages made by eminent personalities from politics, culture, and social movements have demonstrated the broad commitment to the Saharawi people in their struggle. During the two days, participants of the 37th EUCOCO have worked in five workshops to promote and develop the tasks of international solidarity with the Saharawi people. These workshops are: 1) Policy, communication and twinned cities; 2) Occupied Territories, human rights, natural resources and lawyers; 3) Cooperation, health, food aid, humanitarian action; 4) Solidarity and social movements, women, youth, sport and trade unions; 5) Culture, Education, Training and Heritage. In this final resolution we attach the reports of the workshops that specify the evaluations and action plans to strengthen the capacity of the solidarity movement and coordination both nationally and internationally. The participants have recognized the very important contribution of Algeria, the host country of the Sahrawi refugees, to support their legitimate claims. Certain priority issues have emerged from the reports of the working groups, including the political actions addressed to the UN and the EU, both closely linked: - Establish new alliances within the solidarity movement for intercontinental
movement, both in Africa (African Union) and Latin America. - The need to readjust the political communication, both within the EUCOCO and in the face to face of the institutional partners and the media. The Workshop on Human Rights has received the testimony of the Sahrawi human rights defenders from the occupied territories. An action plan for 2012 has been adopted, which provides: - The enlargement of the campaign for the release of all Saharawi political prisoners and the campaign for the protection and preservation of natural resources of Western Sahara. - An action addressed to the Human Rights Council in Geneva and the UN Commission on Human and People of the African Union and the Council of Europe. - The increase of the number of civilian missions and sending lawyers and international observers to the occupied territories. The workshop of cooperation has focused primarily in the areas of cooperation, transport, water and food aid. A strategic plan for the future has been adopted by identifying priority needs. The Workshop of Solidarity has focused primarily on the need to involve social movements in mobilization campaigns for the respect of human rights, social and cultural rights of the Saharawi people. The contributions of women in the resistance struggle of the Saharawi people are exemplary. Those of the young people need to be revised so that they can fully assume their aspirations and become central actors in the fight. Trade unions have reaffirmed their commitment to the defense of social rights of the Sahrawis. This year, there has been a fifth workshop focused on the promotion of Saharawi culture, defense and protection of heritage; culture has been considered as an incentive in the struggle of the Saharawi people. The workshop is also concerned about education and training in the camps. The conference is charging the Task Force of the EUCOCO to follow up the recommendations and setle the agenda of the main events of solidarity. The Conference has expressed its solidarity with the three aid workers kidnapped in the camps on October 23rd 2011, and their families. The participants of the 37th Conference addressed its warmest gratitude to the Association of Friendship with the Saharawi People of Seville and Andalusia, and all the volunteers who have shown great professionalism and allowed the celebration of our work in the best conditions. Our next meeting, the 38 EUCOCO, will be held in Rome in 2013. Sevilla, February 5, 2011.