Sahara: Morocco deeply annored by South Africas instrumentalisation of AU

The Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, regrets that South Africa is instrumentalizing the African Union and misleading its decisions and declarations in favour of its own agenda.

On Wednesday, the United Nations published a letter addressed by Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, to the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council, denouncing South Africa‘s use of its presidency of the African Union in order to advance its ideological agenda. policy on the question of Moroccan Sahara.

In this letter dated 19 January 2021, Ambassador Hilale describes Pretoria’s crusade against the Moroccan Sahara. Morocco‘s letter is issued as an official document of the Security Council and will be recorded in its annals.

The Ambassador of the Kingdom warned that โ€œSouth Africa to polarize the attention of the Secretary-General and the Security Council on the question of the Moroccan Sahara, while conceding African existential causes, irreparably serves its claims in the context of Security Council reformโ€.

This letter is issued on the eve of the African Union Summit to be held in Addis Ababa in early February. South Africa is criticized for its attempt to mislead the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Security Council, through correspondence sent to them on 30 December 2020, falsely believing that the African Union Extraordinary Summit on โ€œSilencing Armsโ€ was devoted exclusively to the issue of Moroccan Sahara.

โ€œSouth Africa’s unavowed objective is to focus the attention of the Secretary-General and the Security Council on one of the 40 issues raised during this Summit, at the expense of the major concerns, expectations and expectations of the continent,โ€ wrote the Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations.

In this regard, Ambassador Hilale said that the only paragraph, which is preambular and in no way operational, concerning the Moroccan Sahara, in the documents of the extraordinary summit of the African Union last December โ€œremains, to this day, contested, because having been introduced into the decision of the extraordinary summit under conditions marked by lack of transparency and violation of the rules and procedures of the summit. This has led to questions and requests for official clarification from Morocco and several other African Union member Statesโ€.

He stressed that โ€œthese claims remain unanswered so farโ€, noting that South Africa has knowingly ignored the threats and conflicts that hamper the development of the African continent, bold policies and structural economic advances, such as the Continental Free Trade Area African, which were discussed during the Extraordinary Summit and contained in its decision and statement.

Similarly, Mr. Hilale noted that decision 693, adopted by the African Summit in Nouakchott (1-2 July 2018), clearly recognized that the question of the Moroccan Sahara falls within the exclusive purview of the United Nations, noting that this decision established the African Union Troika mechanism, whose role is limited to โ€œproviding supportโ€ effective in the efforts of the United Nations.โ€

In addition, the Ambassador of Morocco expressed the deep regret of the Kingdom that South Africa, which holds the presidency of the African Union, and that of the Security Council, at the time of sending its letter, had discharged itself from the neutrality imposed on it by its functions, in particular the question of the Moroccan Sahara, and sacrificing the challenges global countries of Africa.

Mr. Hilale also regretted that South Africa is instrumentalizing the African Union and misleading its decisions and declarations, in favor of its own agenda, that the historical, political and legal realities of Moroccan Sahara blatantly contradict.

And to add that the overwhelming majority of the African Union member States do not share South Africa‘s position on the question of the Moroccan Sahara, which is in complete phase with successive Security Council resolutions.

Finally, he reaffirmed Morocco’s commitment to the exclusively United Nations process, with a view to achieving a political, realistic, pragmatic, lasting and compromising solution to the question of the Moroccan Sahara, in accordance with Security Council resolutions, which established the preeminence, seriousness andcredibility of the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative.

The diplomat concluded that this initiative is and will remain the only solution to this regional dispute, within the framework of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco.

By CCEiT (with MAP)