Any admission to AU membership must be in accordance with its Constitutive Act


Algiers, January 19, 2016 (SPS) - Countries wishing to join the African Union (AU) must comply with its Constitutive Act and "respect the sovereignty of Member States," said Thursday Kenya's Ambassador to Algeria Moi Lemoshira.

"Kenya complies with the AU Constitutive Act and we support any call to comply with the Act on countries wishing to accede to the Pan-African organization," the Kenyan ambassador told the press.

Lemoshira added that "Morocco requested to join the AU, a process that must be carried out in full compliance with the AU Constitutive and with the respect for the sovereignty of AU Member States."

"In the AU, there are no small or big countries, new of old states, because the sovereignty of all States must be respected," he said.

As regards Western Sahara conflict, the Kenyan ambassador recalled AU declarations and the United Nations resolutions, since 1975, calling or the holding of a referendum on self-determination of this territory, occupied by Morocco.

He added that the "Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is a full member of the AU, which includes sovereign, independent and equal states."

In this regard, he reiterated his country's support to the Sahrawi cause.SPS