Algerian President, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, called Tuesday for the coordination of African efforts to crystallize a lasting solution to the conflict in Western Sahara, the last colony in Africa.
In his speech at the meeting, by video conference, of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at the level of Heads of State and Government, President Tebboune said: “we have the opportunity today to examine the serious situation in Western Sahara with the hope that our deliberations will lead to concrete and effective measures to crystallize a lasting solution to this conflict, which has lasted too long, but will never end in obsolescence.
Recalling the constant position of Algeria vis-à-vis the issue of decolonization in Western Sahara, President Tebboune called for the coordination of efforts and action to end the crisis in Western Sahara, the last colony in the continent.
He added that “Africa, which has overcome the European colonialism by its political and sometimes armed struggle and which has overcome apartheid, must now put an end to the last colonial source”.
“The failure of the ceasefire following the violation of an agreement in force since 1991 and the dangerous escalation of the conflict in Western Sahara is only the result of decades of systematic blocking and slowing of the settlement plans, circumventing the negotiation process and recurrent attempts to impose the fait accompli in the territory of a founding AU member state”, noted President Tebboune in his address.
The meeting discussed two points: climate change and its impacts on peace and security in Africa and the cause of Western Sahara in light of recent developments and violations in the occupied Sahrawi territories.”