When was Spanish (Western) Sahara listed as a territory considered by the Special Committee on Decolonization?
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019
The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and People (also known as Special Committee on Decolonization or Committee of 24) started to work on Spanish Sahara in September 1963. It was part of the preliminary list to which the Declaration should apply to pull out by the Special Committee at its second session (see A/5446/Rev.1).
It was considered by the Special committee until 10 September 1976 when the Special Committee decided to refer the question to the General Assembly (A/AC.109/PV.1054, see A/31/23/Rev.1[Vol.II]). The General Assembly considered the question of Western Sahara in its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization Committee) and adopted the subsequent resolution A/RES/31/45.
With the resolution A/RES/31/143 of 17 December 1976, the General Assembly requested the Special Committee "to continue to seek suitable means for the immediate and full implementation of General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) in all Territories which have not yet attained independence". The question of the Western Sahara territory went back to the Special Committee (see A/32/23/Rev.1[Vol.II]).
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