Declaration on the SADC Solidarity Conference with Western Sahara

We, The Heads of State and Government or representatives of the following SADC Member States:

  1. Republic of Angola,
  2. Republic of Botswana,
  3. Democratic Republic of Congo,
  4. Kingdom of Eswatini,
  5. Kingdom of Lesotho,
  6. Republic of Malawi,
  7. Republic of Mauritius,
  8. Republic of Mozambique,
  9. Republic of Namibia,
  10. Republic of Seychelles,
  11. Republic of South Africa,
  12. United Republic of Tanzania,
  13. Republic of Zambia, and
  14. Republic of Zimbabwe,

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South Africa calls for the implementation of UN resolutions on Western Sahara

Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South African

PUSL.- Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South African called today the UN to implement “without delay” the resolutions adopted in the framework of the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict, including those concerning the right to inalienable to the self-determination of the Saharawi people, reaffirming its support for the mediation efforts currently underway, by the personal envoy of the United Nations General Secretary, Horst Kohler, between the two parties in conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front.

The speech of the South African President on the second day of the solidarity conference with the Saharawi people of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), in Pretoria, reaffirmed the aid and his country’s support to the Saharawi and to the United Nations for “the prompt implementation of the resolutions on the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict, including that providing for the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people”. Read more

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SADC – Africa will not be truly free until the last colony, Western Sahara, is decolonized

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

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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. Read more

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Morocco failing at attempts to scupper SADC solidarity conference with the people of Western Sahara

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

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Algeria and South Africa reaffirm their support to Western Sahara and Palestine

Abdelkader Messahel, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Algerian People’s Democratic Republic on a working visit to South Africa on 29 August 2018, was received by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and after the meetings held, they issued a joint statement reaffirming the solidarity and support of both countries to the people of Western Sahara and to the people of Palestine in their struggles for independence and sovereignty.

The two ministers recalled the historical and fraternal ties between South Africa and Algeria, recognizing that this connection was cemented during the period of the liberation struggle against colonialism and apartheid when Algeria supported and trained cadres of the liberation movement including the ex- President Nelson Mandela.

The meeting took place in the year of Nelson Mandela’s Centennial celebrations.

During their extensive exchange of views on bilateral, continental and international issues, the ministers reaffirmed their countries position on Western Sahara, namely the realization of the right of self-determination of the Saharawi people, the decolonization of Western Sahara and the rapid resolution of the conflict in the context of international legality. Read more

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Press Release MPT (Portugal): On the unsustainable situation of the Saharawi People

The Movement Party of the Earth (MPT), consistent with the values it advocates, reaffirms its solidarity with the Saharawi people and its legitimate representative, the Polisario Front, and its inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations, the African Union and the advisory opinion of the Court of The Hague  judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), and condemns the illegal military occupation of a large part of the territory of Western Sahara by the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as the demographic change with the introduction of hundreds of thousands of settlers .

It is with particular concern that we see the inertia on the part of the international community in relation to this occupation, which has continued since 1975 and which did not end, as might be expected in 1991, with the signing of the cease-fire agreement whose premises have not been respected by Morocco, which consistently  has placed obstacles in the way of a referendum for self-determination, the only reason for the presence of a United Nations Mission in the field  for more than two decades and whose mandate does not include the protection of the Saharawi population. Read more

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