Tindouf : Massive support to the autonomy plan, according the dissident Mustapha Salma

The Sahrawi dissident Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud  points out once again the Polisario responsibility in the sufferings of Sahrawis in Tindouf camps, in Algeria. He has thus reminded of the implementation of the autonomy plan for the Western Sahara to put an end to the precarious conditions in which are living thousands of Sahrawis in Tindouf. These declarations of Mustapha Salma were relayed by the TV channel “France 24”. In this interview, the former Polisario security executive, ostracized from Tindouf for having publicly supported the Moroccan autonomy option, stated his preferences and those of most of Sahrawis in Tindouf. For him, the Sahrawis maintained under the implacable control of the Polisario and the Algerian generals, are in favour of the autonomy solution for the Western Sahara. “We want a solution of happy medium that would put an end to the sufferings of the Sahrawis”.

This solution, insists Mustapha Salma, resides in an “autonomy plan reached by consensus which would be negotiated within an international agreement regrouping all the parties so as to put an end to this conflict”. The problems for this Polisario senior executive have started in September 2010. After his public declarations in favour of the Moroccan autonomy plan, Mustapha Salma had been retained by the Polisario and tortured in a secret place during more than two months. But in December 2010, following a large international campaign, supported namely by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, Algeria and the Polisario were obliged to back down. Nevertheless, instead of releasing the dissident, they forced him back from Tindouf camps where his children and his family remain. The Polisario gave back Mustapha Salma to the HCR delegation in Nouakchott which promised to find him a solution. Since then nothing happened. The dissident is still stuck in the Mauritanian capital, where he observes a sit-in in front of the HCR headquarters to claim his return to Tindouf to be with his family.


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