Experts tighten the noose around the separatist militia

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A few days after Dar Es Salam (Tanzania), experts renew from the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, a more than ever tenacious and recurring call to expel the so-called Sahrawi republic ‘SADR’ from the African Union. reports that the seminar was attended by politicians, academics, economists and representatives of the private sector, Think Tanks and members of the civil society. They all insisted that the expulsion of the so-called 'Sadr' from the African Union (AU) is imperative in that it will constitute "an institutional breakthrough in the service of African unity", adding that the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara continues to undermine Africa's stability, peace and security, as well as its economic, sub-regional and continental integration.

Referring to the blockade imposed by the "Polisario" militias in Guerguerat (border between Morocco and Mauritania), in October-November 2020, the speakers stigmatized this "act of piracy" as a violation of the 1991 ceasefire; a violation also underlined by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in his last report on the Sahara, according to the organizers.

The participants explained that the blockade of Guerguerat was an irresponsible and dangerous action since it seriously disrupted the food and health supply networks during the highly sensitive Covid-19 pandemic context. They added that blocking the free movement of people and goods throughout the sub-region, is an obstacle to the economic integration and a threat to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The speakers also examined how the African Union to regain its impartiality on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara. They recalled that back in 2016 in Kigali- Rwanda, 28 AU member states signed a motion requesting Morocco's reintegration to the African Union and the suspension of the "Sadr" from the organization.

The participant referred to the decision of the 2018 African Union Summit held in Mauritania, confirming that the United Nations Security Council is the only organization in charge of finding a solution to the Sahara issue. They called upon the African States and the African Union to be more pragmatic and explore the ways to expel the "sadr" from the African family as this is the only way to strengthen the unity of the continent and protect it from the growing threats of separatism.

Note that the majority of African States as well as the international community and all regional and international organizations, including the United Nations don’t recognize the “Sadr”, which puts the African Union at odds with the rest of the world.

The participants also discussed the Moroccan autonomy proposal, considered as the "just, credible, sincere political solution based on compromise".

This "peaceful solution" makes it possible to negotiate an autonomous status for the Sahara region, based on inclusiveness, on respect for the cultural specificities of the populations and constitutes a bulwark against terrorism and separatism.

Note that its diplomatic successes in the last few years, Morocco succeeded in cornering the Polisario separatists and the Autonomy proposal that Rabat has put forward as a solution has gained momentum and became the only viable option on the table.

2021.10.23 / 20:58
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