Eminent personalities have called for the expulsion of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) from African Union.
They made the call at Kinshasa, Congolese capital, where former ministers, politicians, civil society actors, journalists, economists and academics converged on Friday.
They described the admission of SADR into the African Union as “illicit, anachronistic and unjustified”.
During a seminar organized by the Public Affairs Cabinet (BM Patners), under the theme “The African Union in the light of the Sahara issue: how to move from a dynamic failure to a final solution serving African unity “, the speakers unanimously noted that the admission of the SADR within the AU took place in a particular context, at a time when the Continent was plagued by different ideological currents, now obsolete.
The experts present also welcomed the decision of the United States to recognise the full and entire sovereignty of Morocco over its Sahara, the announcement of the opening of an American consulate in the city of Dakhla and the opening of nearly 25 consulates general of African countries in Laayoune and Dakhla, adding that all this is part of an approach aimed at achieving a solution to this artificial dispute.
They also commended HM King Mohammed VI for his visionary leadership and his openness to a solution acceptable to all.
“All over the world, some countries play the role of economic locomotive and pull all their neighbors towards their development”, they noted, adding that Morocco in this case, like other heavyweights of the Continent, has its place in this future of Africa’s economic development.
“In this context, the participants highlighted Morocco’s commitment to a cooperation policy oriented towards shared responsibility and solidarity through several initiatives including the cancellation of the debt of some African countries, access to the Kingdom of products from several countries without customs duties, the granting of scholarships and the establishment of a favorable migration policy.”
“The African rooting of Morocco, which has historical depth, notably through spiritual and commercial exchanges, continued during the period of decolonization of African states when late HM Mohammed V in 1961 brought together heads of state from the Continent in order to adopt the “Casablanca” charter aimed at strengthening African unity,” they said.