Past African Prime & Foreign Ministers Appeal For Expulsion Of “SADR” From The African Union
Former African Prime Ministers and Foreign Affairs who participated in the 14th edition of the MEDays international forum, held in Tangier, Morocco under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and organized by the Amadeus Institute; have urged the African Union to withdraw recognition for the Sahawi Arab Democratic Front (SADR).
The group issued a statement that called the presence of the SADR in the AU as incongruous to the spirit and tenets of the continental body.
Part of the statement read, “presence of the pseudo-“SADR” in the African Union and on its regrettable consequences; Raising, in turn, the bitter observation of the presence of a non-state and non-sovereign entity, in the African Union following the bias – more similar to a political and ideological coup rather than to a legal and legitimate act – carried out in 1982, in flagrant violation of the Charter of the Organization of African Unity;”
The former key political figures on the continent
recalled the address by King Mohammed VI at the 27th Summit of the African Union, held in Kigali in July 2016, in which he expressed a strong desire to reintegrate the Kingdom to its natural place within the African family, and that on the same occasion, twenty-eight (28) Heads of Member States personally signed a motion calling for the reintegration of Morocco together with the suspension of the SADR.
It said, such a move will be consistent with the AU’s avowed aim to combat any form of extremism, separatism, and secessionism and this is inspired by the Ideals of Pan-Africanism’s Founding Fathers, which promote unity, solidarity, cohesion, and efficient economic cooperation between independent and sovereign African countries.
Articles 3 and 4 of the constitutive act of AU were stressed to be principles of International Law, Sovereignty, and the Independence of African States; that strive for a strong continent, rid of ideologies from a bygone era that fostered division.
They said, they are “strongly attached to said noble Ideals and actively endeavoring to materialize them across policies of States and relations among nations, in the purpose of lending their voice to the Peace, Security, Concord, and Unity deemed imperative in continent.
Morocco spearheaded the Casablanca Group of Pan-African ideals that alternated the Monrovia Group in Africa’s anti-colonial campaign in the 1950s.
It noted that the activism of yesteryears has re-emerged with verve recently, following the May 2021 activity in Mauritania which expanded in the same year through academic luminaries to Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo – and civil societies to Angola, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.
A special citation was attached to King Mohammed V, grandfather of the current monarch for building the foundations of Morocco’s African solidarity.