Fri 05/03/2021

PCS undertakes first action since Western Sahara issue reappeared on agenda

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African Union Peace and Security Council (PCS) has undertaken its first action since Western Sahara issue was rescheduled on the agenda, through a summit for the few coming days, to discuss Western Sahara people’s right to self-determination.

Based on the outcome of the last African summit, the SPC “will hold a summit on Western Sahara, while the troika could meet in the coming days to come up with ideas and suggestions,” AU Commissioner for Peace and Security African Union Smail Chergui told Algerian national radio on Tuesday.

The head of the SPC said the return to war between Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), following the military aggression, by Moroccan forces, on civilians in El Guerguerat protesting against the illegal breach created in this buffer zone, “confirms the fragility of the situation and the need for action, so that discussions can resume to reach a mutually satisfactory solution, allowing Western Sahara people to exercise their right to self-determination through the holding of a referendum.”

In response to a question about the reason for African Union’s failure to sanction Morocco – a member of the AU that has ratified its Constitutive Act – for violating the ceasefire agreement last November in the Guerguerat buffer zone, the Commissioner said: “what is needed now is how to bring the two parties back to the table of discussions, because the return to war shows “the despair of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic that has reached its climax.”

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