FRONT POLISARIO/FRANCE LIBERTES/POWs/REACTION
AFASPA wonders about the obscure motives of France Libertés
Bagnolet (France), 01/10/03 (SPS) The French Association of Friendship and
Solidarity with African Countries (AFASPA) wandered about the real motives
that pushed two investigators of France Libertés Foundation (FL) to publish a
report stuffed with lies about the detention conditions of Moroccan POWs held
by Polisario front.
The organisation reproach FL, as well, for its discommitment towards Saharawi
refugees while France pushes with all its weight to back Morocco in its
rejection to admit Saharawi People right to self-determination.
Mrs. Michèle Decaster, responsible of Western Sahara Section in AFASPA, who
took part in a mission of information in Occupied territories of Western
Sahara, led by the same FL, in October 2002, tells about its quarrels with one
of the investigators, Afifa Karmous, who developed the report
In this subject, Mrs. Decaster asserts that Miss Karmous aimed to work out the
trial of Polisario Front and RASD, emphasising that she declined a
preposition, offered by the investigator, to sign up a document written by
journalist Laurence Mazure, which words treat organisations and militants of
international solidarity who support Saharawi People with acerbic and
extravagant manner. I refused that our work be diverted from its
subject, she stressed.
Mme Decaster deplored that the book FL was about to publish at the time was
purely and simply abandoned.
a surprising manner to prove faithfulness to a promise given to women and
men who bravely testified accepting that their names be completely mentioned
and pictures published, knowing the risks they undergo, she deplored.
Telling about her twenty years experience with Moroccan POWs, Mme Decaster
declared to be comfortable in the respect I feel for Saharawis.
I was, in fact, surprised by the latitude I was given for the encounters I
requested and by the friendly relationships between Saharawis and Moroccan
prisoners, she added, in a three pages letter SPS received.
I strongly doubt that torture and murder were systematic practices as
described in the report of FL wrote AFASPA, stressing that if that was true
she has no doubt that some of the prisoners would have tried to denounce
these extortions in their letters, especially that to do this, for them, was
easier than it was for their colleagues to send a letter from the secret
prison of Tazmamart where they stagnated.
Moreover, she said, if extortions were committed against Moroccan prisoners
in the proportion described in the report, it is unthinkable that Morocco
would have ignored because the prisoners were usually interrogated when
repatriated as I learned. To Moroccan Kingdom, that was the longed occasion to
put Polisario in problems. (SPS)
010/090/666/TRD 011007 Sept 03 SPS
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