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Leave W. Sahara to the UN: RI

  • Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 22 2010   /  10:52 am

The Indonesian government maintains its stance of not recognizing Western Sahara, a non-self governing territory in Africa, as a sovereign state, following the line of the United Nations.Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said Indonesia hoped for immediate results from “an ongoing process” by the UN to hold a referendum in the territory of Western Sumatra.“We have good relations both with Morocco and Algeria. We cannot send anyone to a disputed territory or send aid there. It could be interpreted as recognition [of Western Sahara’s standing as a sovereign state],” he told The Jakarta Post recently.“One thing is for sure, we will support any efforts made by the UN,” he said.Indonesia’s decision not to recognize Western Sahara’s sovereignty will likely win favor from Morocco, which claims sovereignty over the territory, but risk the ire of Algeria, which supports ...