Western Sahara: Morocco must "urgently" engage in negotiations with Polisario Front

PARIS-French Association of Friends of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (AARASD) called on Monday in Paris Morocco to "urgently" engage in negotiation with the Polisario Front, "instead of invective and blackmail."

The AARASD said in a letter that the King of Morocco Mohamed VI "should reasonably consider the deadlock his country reached," adding that "after 40 years, Morocco, mainly its kings Hassan II and Mohamed VI, persists in imposing to international community the fact that Western Sahara is part of Morocco."

The AARASD recalled that the African Union (AU) firmly militates in favour of the decolonization of Western Sahara (…) and the Court of Justice of the European Union denounced in December the EU-Morocco trade agreement on agricultural and fishery products as it includes occupied Western Sahara.  

Besides, the association evoked the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf and the liberated territories of Western Sahara (Bir Lahlou) to show that after this visit, "the international community does no more listen to Makhzen."

"After losing the tolerated status of administrating power, Morocco is clearly designed as an occupying power" that benefits from "the support of France."