Saharawi Delegation received by SADC Group of Ambassadors in Brussels.

Brussels, Feb 24, 2018 (SPS) - The Saharawi Minister for Europe, Mr. Mohamed Sidati and POLISARIO Representative to Belgium, Mr. Abba Malainin met Thursday with Southern African Development Community (SADC) group of Ambassadors based in Brussels at the Embassy of South Africa.

The Saharawi delegation briefed the SADC Ambassadors about the latest developments related to the U.N. peace process in Western Sahara and the illegal EU-Morocco trade agreements that do not exclude Western Sahara, the last Colony in Africa in crystal clear contradiction with the European Court of a Justice ruling (ECJ) 2016, which said that “Western Sahara is separate and distinct to Morocco and that EU-Morocco trade agreements cannot be applicable in Western Sahara”.

The EU-Morocco trade agreements prolong the illegal occupation, reinforce Morocco’s intransigence, and obstruct the U.N. peaceful efforts in Western Sahara to achieve fair and lasting solution respecting the right to self-determination for the people of Western Sahara.

SADC group has unequivocal stand with regard to the decolonisation process in Western Sahara.

The Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have adopted at the close of their 37th summit a recommendation to hold a Conference of solidarity with the Saharawi people.

In their final communiqué released following the summit held on 19 and 20 August, 2017 SADC Heads of State and Government expressed “deep concern over the standstill in the process of decolonization in the African continent and Western Sahara.”

“In solidarity with the Saharawi cause, the SADC Heads of State and Government adopted a recommendation to hold a Conference of solidarity with the Saharawi people and the SADR, whose results will be submitted to the African Union Commission,” said the same source.

“For us, the Member States of SADC, the struggle for the people of Western Sahara is a struggle for self-determination and is based on the principles of decolonisation, promotion of human rights, international legality and the stability and security of the African continent. It is a struggle that we are familiar with in our sub-region.” said in earlier discussions the Former Ambassador H.E Mr. Dumisani S. Kumalo, Former Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the U.N. on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples at the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (Fourth Committee). (SPS)