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Algeria calls on AU to take responsibility for serious developments in Western Sahara

2 months ago at 03/Dec/2020 46

Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sabri Boukadoum, on Wednesday called on the African Union (AU) to assume its responsibility in the face of serious developments in the situation in Western Sahara and attempts to impose the policy of fait accompli in the territories of a founding member of the AU.

In his intervention by videoconference during the work of the 21st extraordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union, the Head of Algerian Diplomacy clarified that “in the face of serious developments in the situation in Western Sahara, our continental organization, which has played a constructive role in the development and adoption of the UN settlement plan, cannot remain on the sidelines”, stressing that “given the total failure of the Troika mechanism, the African Peace and Security Council must assume its responsibility, in accordance with the text of its institutional protocol”.

After affirming that the current situation in Western Sahara “constitutes a source of great concern for Algeria”, Mr. Boukadoum warned that “in addition to the attempts to impose the policy of fait accompli in the territories of a founding member of our organization, the violations recorded against civilians in the region of El-Guerguerat have posed serious challenges that could endanger peace and security in the whole region “.

These developments, added the Minister of Foreign Affairs, “are taking place at a time when the UN political process for the settlement of the Saharawi question is at an unprecedented impasse that has exacerbated the suffering of the Saharawi people in the absence of prospects for serious political negotiations that would allow the self-determination of the Saharawi people”.

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