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Argel, 11 oct ( Saharawi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ould Salek said today that the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) will participate as an additional country at the summit between the African Union and the European Union in Abidjan on 29 and 30 November.

At a press conference in Algiers, Ould Salek also attacked France, accusing the country of selling arms and ammunition to Morocco and hampering the efforts of the Security Council to hold a referendum on UN-backed self-determination.

“SADR will participate in the next AU-EU summit as all remaining AU member states on an equal footing. Without SADR there will be no summit,” he said.

Ould Salek accused Rabat of trying to avoid the Saharawi presence by seeking a new partner in France.

“Morocco is hampering the efforts of UN envoys along with France, which is pressuring Côte d’Ivoire and urges the AU to evade the decision of an organization of respect and right of all member states to participate in the meeting”

“France has blocked the organization of a referendum in the Security Council and has prevented Minurso from monitoring human rights in Western Sahara,” the minister said. “The French state has armed Moroccan forces and provided them with various weapons and ammunition.

The UN envoy, of the mission that  was created in 1991 to monitor compliance with the cease-fire agreed between the Polisario Front and Morocco, an occupying force since 1975, “will face the same obstacles and the same failure” as its predecessors, he added.

Canadian Kim Bolduc has planned to travel to the refugee camps in the western desert of Algeria next Sunday, where Saharawis have lived for more than 40 years since the Moroccan army occupied their lands.