We, The Heads of State and Government or representatives of the following SADC Member States:
- Republic of Angola,
- Republic of Botswana,
- Democratic Republic of Congo,
- Kingdom of Eswatini,
- Kingdom of Lesotho,
- Republic of Malawi,
- Republic of Mauritius,
- Republic of Mozambique,
- Republic of Namibia,
- Republic of Seychelles,
- Republic of South Africa,
- United Republic of Tanzania,
- Republic of Zambia, and
- Republic of Zimbabwe,
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu
PUSL.- The SADC Ministers Solidarity Conference with Western Sahara will serve to remind the region that Africa will not be truly free until the last colony, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, is decolonised, says International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
Sisulu made the remarks while welcoming guests on the first day of the two-day conference in Pretoria on Monday.
The preparatory meeting by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers and participating Ministers from other regions took place ahead of the SADC Solidarity Conference with Western Sahara by Heads of State and Government scheduled for today. Read more
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. Read more
iol.co.za / SHANNON EBRAHI* .- It seems Morocco has tried everything to deflect attention from the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Solidarity Conference with the people of Western Sahara, due to take place in Pretoria on Monday and Tuesday.
The extent to which Morocco has attempted to neutralise African efforts to find a resolution to the conflict and ensure the liberation of Africa’s last colony is a measure of its intransigence and desperation.
African heads of state and foreign ministers from across the continent, as well as some foreign dignitaries, are due to attend. This poses a threat to Morocco’s agenda – to shut down any attempt to move the peace process forward. It is opposed to the AU’s involvement. Read more
Source: South African Consulate general New York City / EIC Poemario por un Sahara Libre
The South African Minister of International Relations and Operation, Lindiwe Sisulu, announced on Wednesday 13/02 the date of the International Conference of the Economic Community of Southern African States, SADC, on Western Sahara.
The Minister of International Relations and Operation, said “South Africa remains committed to its position of principles, in support of the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to their self-determination and independence, a position based on the resolutions and decisions expressed by the SADC, the AU and United Nations. “By demonstrating our continued commitment to the struggle of the Saharawi people, South Africa and Namibia will host the SADC Solidarity Conference on Western Sahara in South Africa from 25 to 26 March 2019,” said the head of South African diplomacy. Read more