Sahrawi foreign minister urges Morocco to comply with AU laws

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Oct 17, 2017 (SPS) - Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Salem Ould Salek urged in Addis Ababa, Morocco to comply with the African Union’s Constitutive Act, signed and ratified by Rabat, recalling that this fundamental document gives the right to “equal” participation of all the AU Member States in all conferences and meetings organized by the Pan-African Organization.

With the EU-AU Summit to be held on 29 - 30 November in Ivory Coast’s Abidjan, the AU Council which met Monday in an extraordinary session reaffirmed the right of all the 55 Member States of the AU to participate in the 5th EU-AU Summit, following the "dithering" of Ivory Coast, which had not sent an invitation to the Sahrawi Republic (SADR).

"Today's meeting was about partnership between the EU and the AU. The 5th Summit was supposed to be held in Abidjan, but the country is under pressure from Morocco and a power from outside Africa," the Sahrawi minister told the Algerian Radio from the headquarters of the AU.

"Ivory Coast unfortunately procrastinated and did not send an invitation to the SADR, as it did for the other AU members," he said.

At the end of this extraordinary session, the Council of Ministers decided on three things: "to ratify and confirm the decisions taken ... in 2015, concerning the participation of all AU member states on an equal footing in all AU conferences and meetings with other foreign partners.”

It also decided that any member of the Union which doesn’t respect this decision (Articles 4 and 5) is deprived of the right to hosting an AU meeting or a meeting of partnership."


The AU Executive Council also mandated the African Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat to pursue talks in order to settle the situation within a period of ten days.SPS