South Africa concerned about the situation in Western Sahara and AU asked for efforts to facilitate self-determination

Pretoria (South Africa) 07 December 2020 (SPS)- The President of the African Union, and President of South Africa, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, expressed concern about the situation in Western Sahara, during his opening speech of the AU Summit on Silencing the Guns Yesterday.

“We equally express our grave concern about the current situation in Western Sahara, which demands that every effort is made to facilitate the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara,” he said.

He further stressed the need for African countries “to reaffirm our commitment to the full and successful implementation of the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa.”

The AU 14th Extraordinary Summit on Silencing the Guns, it should be recalled, discussed the last developments in Western Sahara, which was mentioned in four different reports to the Summit, while many African leaders expressed support to the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination and independence.

The Summit adopted a new decision on the issue of Western Sahara challenging thus Moroccan attempts to avoid the discussion of the question at the level of Presidents of the AU. (SPS)

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