UA reiterates support for SADR and calls for a boycott of an event promoted by Morocco

The final declarations of the 30th African Union Conference in Addis Ababa, which brings together leaders from the region, reaffirmed its support for the referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara and called for a boycott of the Crans Montana meeting in the city of Dakhla in the occupied territories of Western Sahara. The annual meeting of Forum Crans Montana, a Swiss organization based in monaco with an international character, has been used for several years by Morocco as a propaganda vehicle for its illegal presence in the occupied territories.

Point 15 of the statement reads:

15. EXPRESSES ITS SUPPORT for the re-launching of the negotiation process between Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) with a view to reaching a durable solution consistent with letter and spirit of the relevant OAU/AU decisions and UN resolutions. The Assembly REITERATES ITS CALL on the two Member States, to engage, without pre-conditions, in direct and serious talks facilitated by the AU and the UN for the holding of a free and fair referendum for the people of Western Sahara. While the AU stands ready to operationalize, if and when necessary, its Committee of the Heads of State and Government on Western Sahara, the Assembly CALLS ON the two parties to fully cooperate with the AU High Representative for Western Sahara, former President Joaquim A. Chissano of Mozambique, and the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Horst Köhler. The Assembly REQUESTS Morocco, as an AU Member State, to allow the AU Observer Mission to return to Laayoune, Western Sahara, as well as to allow an independent monitoring of human rights in the Territory. The Assembly REITERATES its repeated calls, in particular its declaration adopted at its 24th Ordinary Session held in Addis Ababa, from 30 to 31 January 2015, on the Crans Montana Forum, a Switzerland-based organization, to desist from convening its meetings in the city of Dakhla, in Western Sahara and APPEALS to all Member States, African civil society organizations and other relevant actors to boycott the upcoming meeting scheduled to take place from 15 to 20 March 2018.

UN Secretary-General Guterres noted that Africa has made impressive progress in the field of human rights, noting that the countries of the continent “always open their doors to refugees and migrants,” which can serve as a lesson for other regions of the world.

But he recalled that the global community can not guarantee lasting peace if Africa is unable to resolve its conflicts and make great efforts to prevent conflict.

António Guterres said that the UN will continue to side with the African Union, respecting the leadership in solving the problems of the continent.

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