Western Sahara decolonization: President Ghali calls on AU to assume responsibility

Chahid El Hafed, March 11, 2021 (SPS) -  The president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Brahim Gali, called the African Union (AU) on Monday to play a prominent role and assume its historical responsibilities, in line with its principles that provide Western Sahara people the right to independence and self-determination.

In an address at a meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Western Sahara, held by videoconference, President Ghali urged African heads of State and Government to "actively contribute to the establishment of peace between the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and its neighbor, Morocco, on the basis of respect of borders, the non-acquisition of land by force, respect for the sovereignty of member states, the unity and territorial integrity of their territories and the right of African peoples, without discrimination, to self-determination, independence and sovereignty".

"We make the AU face its responsibility and assume its duty," the Sahrawi leader said with respect to Western Sahara issue.

"To say that the Union should not play a leading role in the Western Sahara issue alongside the United Nations is a statement that contradicts historical truth and contradicts AU’s responsibility to defend its principles and objectives."

For President Ghali, the African Union is not only a partner of the United Nations in the peace process, but rather a body which has worked for many years and which has made hard efforts leading to the approval of Resolution.

Resolution 104 of 1983 laid the groundwork for the UN settlement plan adopted in 1991 that provides for a referendum on self-determination.SPS