Autonomy is not an option: says South African Minister at SADC Solidarity Conference

PUSL.- Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, says the SADC summit is being held to show solidarity with the people of Western Sahara. In an interview this morning Landers reaffirms that the only solution to the conflict is the self-determination of the Saharawi people. The autonomy plan that Morocco demands is not an option, says the Minister.

Landers says the intention of the solidarity conference is to support the people of Western Sahara to achieve a sovereign and independent state. On the ongoing negotiations promoted by Horst Koehler personal envoy of UN- SG, the South African representative said that Koehler’s views have to be valued but that there are other opinions that have to be taken into account.

On Morocco’s accession to the AU, Landers says that the colonial question in Africa is clear in the constituent act and that the Western Sahara conflict has to be settled with the United Nations and the African Union. The United Nations has failed not only the Saharawi people, but Yemen, Syria and many others: “It may be time for the United Nations to take stock”, says the minister.

South Africa is hosting the Southern African Development Community (SADC) solidarity conference with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in Pretoria this Monday and Tuesday.