New York – “Venezuela, which is the last dictatorship in Latin America, has no legitimacy to attack Morocco and the recovery of its Sahara,” Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, said during the 4th Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations.This came following a statement of Venezuela’s ambassador, who described the Sahara as “the last colony in Africa.”Morocco “recovered its Sahara which was under Spanish occupation, while Venezuela claims half of Guyana’s territory under the pretext of territorial integrity,” he pointed out, adding that “Venezuela will become the first colonizer of the 21st century.” “Saharawi population in Laayoune, Dakhla and Smara live in freedom, without fear or violation of their rights. This is not the case in the last dictatorship in Latin America. Venezuelan political leaders are kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured and innocent demonstrators are killed on the streets of Caracas,” he went on.According to US media, “citizens’ quality of life in the Sahara is a thousand times better than that of citizens in the last dictatorship in Latin America,” he noted.Some 28 heads of State sent a motion to the Chairman of the African Union for the immediate suspension of the so-called “Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic,” Hilale said, noting that several countries withdrew their recognition of the so-called SADR. This was the case for Zambia and Jamaica, who withdrew their recognition of “SARD” recently, he said.Soon there will be no country to recognize this ghostly republic, the ambassador added.
Fishermen protests in Tamil Nadu’s Rameshwaram continue on the third consecutive day. The protest is being organised demanding compensation for 22-year-old fisherman K Britso who was allegedly shot by a Sri Lankan navy officer, India Today reported.Fishermen in Tamil Nadu have threatened a state-wide agitation if action is not taken against Sri Lankan navy officer. AIADMK raised the issue in the House on Thursday, while DMK leader Kanimozhi spoke on the issue in the Parliament demanding Centre’s intervention into the matter. So far Sri Lankan government is treading carefully and even assured that they have initiated a detailed probe into the matter. In a goodwill gesture, the Sri Lankan government has also announced to release the Indian Fishermen in their custody. The fishermen community has refused the state government’s compensation saying that the Sri Lankan government pay damages to the deceased fisherman’s family. The community even demanded the removal of the Navy officer who shot Britso. India today said that it expects Sri Lanka to expedite the investigation in the killing of one of its fishermen given the ‘gravity and seriousness’ of the issue.Sri Lanka has informed the Indian High Commission in Colombo that it will release all 85 Indian fishermen in their custody, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.The Lankan Navy has denied the allegation, saying it does not open fire at poaching fishermen and only arrests them. Sri Lanka has said it ordered an investigation into the incident and wanted to ensure that such incidents would not hamper the good relations between the two countries. Meanwhile, on Thursday two Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested by India Coast Guard for allegedly fishing off the Vedarayam coast.Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol Thirumavalavan claimed that nearly 900 Indian fishermen were killed in the last 25 years and urged the Centre to take steps to protect the rights of fishermen.