Moussa Faki Mahamat proposes an “African mechanism” to help resolve the conflict in Western Sahara

Pierre Boisselet – Special Envoy to Nouakchott – jeuneafrique.com

African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat on Sunday presented a long-awaited report on the conflict between Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in Nouakchott. He advocated the creation of an African mechanism that, however, would not replace the efforts of the United Nations.

It was probably the most anticipated document of the 31st African Union (AU) summit, which was presented this Sunday, July 1, in Nouakchott. Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat presented a seven-page report to the delegations present to relaunch the peace process between Morocco and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic. This text should be studied on Sunday, July 1.

It is based on a series of interviews conducted in recent months. On the one hand, with the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, and his Foreign Minister (in Rabat, 5-6 June); on the other hand, with the President of the SADR, Brahim Ghali, and his Foreign Minister (in Tindouf, June 19 and 20). But also with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and his foreign minister (11-12 March) and with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz at the end of March.

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AU: Moroccan delegation excluded from meeting in Addis Abeba

aps.dz.- ADDIS-ABEBA- The African Union (AU) decided on Saturday to ban the entry of all members of a Moroccan delegation, having tried to break into the meeting of foreign ministers of 15 African states including the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), discussing the consultation around the theme of the institutional reform of the AU, pursuant to resolution 687 of the last summit of Addis Ababa, reports the Saharawi News Agency ( SPS).

The meeting held in Addis Abeba, in the presence of a Saharawi delegation led by the Minister of Water and Environment, Brahim Mokhtar, was delayed by two hours, due to an attempt by the Moroccan delegation to break into the hall, provoking outrage from the delegations present and the leaders of the African Commission.

After the attempt by the African Commission to convince the Moroccan delegation that their country was not invited to this meeting whose consultation concerns only 15 States, in accordance with paragraph 3 of resolution 687, resulting from the Summit of Heads of State and governments in January 2018, Morocco said it is “determined to participate in the meeting alongside the 15 states concerned by the theme of reform, including the SADR”.

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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.

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President Paul Kagame receives the SG/UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

algerianembassy.ug.-President Paul Kagame on Friday received UN secretary-general envoy and former German president Dr Horst Köhler at Village Urugwiro in Kigali.

The two leaders discussed how the United Nations and the African Union can work together to bring lasting peace in the troubled Western Sahara region, according to Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, who attended the meeting.

Köhler is now the Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for Western Sahara.

Kagame officially takes over the chairmanship of the African Union on January 28.

“Dr Horst Köhler and President Kagame discussed a wide range of topics and shared ideas on how the AU can partner with the UN in bringing lasting peace in Western Sahara,” Mushikiwabo told reporters shortly after the meeting.

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The African Union does not accept a summit with the European Union without SADR

October 16, 2017.- SADR won a diplomatic victory that history will maintain as a recognition of Africa to the heroism of a people who for decades have opposed injustice, oppression, exodus and the complicity of many of the powerful in our world.

Thus, the Honorable Council of Foreign Ministers of the African Union has decided that the Continental Organization does not accept  a summit with the European Union without SADR.

The Council gave a firm mandate to the President of the Union Commission to persuade Côte d’Ivoire to send the invitation to participate to the SADR by 27 October and if this decision is not fulfilled the EU-AU Partnership Summit will AUTOMATICALLY  be organized in Addis Ababa.

This historical political position in Africa was taken after several hours of debates where Morocco used all the means and arms in its power in the Conference Hall and beyond. A well-known extra-African power did what it could to provide its support by exerting direct pressure on many delegations.

A large majority made loud and clear that Africa has to be respected through its strong attachment to its Constitutive Act, its principles and decisions.

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SADR warns that it will participate as one country more at the AU-EU summit in Abidjan

Argel, 11 oct (diariovasco.com).- 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.

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