Tue 27/07/2021

AU rejects Morocco’s attempt to pass two projects crossing Western Sahara

6 months ago at 06/Feb/2021 122

The Executive Council of the African Union (UN) rejected, at its meeting on Thursday, the attempt by the Kingdom of Morocco to pass two infrastructure projects that cross the Sahrawi occupied territories to West African countries, said Friday the Sahrawi Press Agency (SPS).

The rejection by the Council of the two projects related to fiber optics and electricity network crossing the Sahrawi occupied territories to West Africa “has dealt a blow to Morocco,” said the same source.

The Council has rejected the expansionist aims of Rabat because the AU does not accept the violation of the borders of member states in accordance with Article 4 of its Constitutive Act.

In his speech before the Special Technical Committee on Transport, Intercontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism (STC-TTIIET), the Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Salem Ould Salek condemned “the attempt by Morocco to legalize its occupation through initiatives that Rabat wishes to put at the heart of the African economic integration agenda.”

“Morocco believes that hiding its maneuvers behind money and economy can mislead an organization (AU) that makes the rejection of the acquisition of territory by force and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member states one of its main principles and goals.”

In his address to the 38th session of the AU Executive Council, held by videoconference, in preparation for the Summit of heads of state and government scheduled for Saturday, Ould Salek urged “the AU and the UN to play an effective role in the establishment of peace between his country and Morocco.”

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