Lamamra urges AU to get fully involved in effort for resolution of Western Sahara conflict

Oran (Algeria), Dec 17, 2016 (SPS) – Algerian Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra urged, Saturday in Oran, the African Union to get "fully involved" in the effort for the resolution of the Western Sahara conflict.

In his opening address of the 4th High-Level Seminar on Peace and Security in Africa, Lamamra said that "the AU, whose position and unrelenting action for the respect of the legitimate rights of Sahrawi people is an honour for its Member States, should get fully involved in this effort and in all the resolution process of the conflict."

Lamamra considered it "incomprehensible" that the UN, which coordinates with the AU on all peace and security issues in Africa, was not strict about the decolonization of Western Sahara.

"The conflict resolution process is once again at a standstill for nearly ten years, while the Sahrawi people are waiting, for decades under the occupation and in tents in exile, to exercise their right to self-determination," he added.

The Foreign minister also deplored the fact that "the efforts for the resolution of conflicts are often undermined by some parties that want to impose their point of view and their own interests to the detriment of a balanced approach, based on the respect for international law and the interests of all the stakeholders." (SPS)