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South Africa: Biden urged to rescind Trump’s decision on Western Sahara

1 month ago at 25/Jan/2021 82

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, current chairman of the African Union (AU), on Sunday called on U.S. President Joe Biden to rescind the “illegal recognition” of Morocco’s alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara, proclaimed last month by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Cyril Ramaphosa called on “the United States to quickly rescind the illegal recognition imposing (alleged) Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara”, while welcoming “the positive commitment made by U.S. President Joe Biden to renew his country’s collaboration with the rest of the world”.

The South African president, current chairman of the AU, expressed his “concern” about the “lack of progress in (the process of) resolving the conflict in Western Sahara (in the sense of) recognizing the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence”.

He assured that his country would “intensify its efforts within the African Union” to guarantee the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination.

On December 10, outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump announced recognition of Morocco’s alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara in return for normalization of relations between the Moroccan regime and the Zionist entity. This proclamation was denounced both in the United States and by the international community, which recalled its illegal nature.

The United Nations considers the occupied Sahrawi territories as non-self-governing territories where a referendum on self-determination has been planned since 1991.

The organization recalled that its position vis-à-vis the Sahrawi issue remained unchanged despite Trump’s announcement.

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