Sahrawi ambassador calls speech of Mohamed VI "contradictory", aims at undermining settlement efforts

Algiers,  Nov  08, 2018 (SPS) -  Ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) to Algeria Abdelkader Taleb Omar on Wednesday in Algiers said that the Moroccan regime was trying to mislead the international public opinion and "undermine" the efforts aiming the settlement of Western Sahara conflict, "as it is reflected in the speech of King Mohamed VI on the occasion of 43rd anniversary of the Moroccan invasion of the Sahrawi territory, he called the anniversary of the completion of the Moroccan territorial integrity."

Speaking to El-Chaab daily forum, the Sahrawi ambassador said that this anniversary marked "the bitter failure" of Morocco to overcome the Sahrawi resistance in the occupied territories, adding that the Frente POLISARIO "expected that the Moroccan regime would comply with international law ... but unfortunately, it persisted in its obstinacy and escalation, and showed no desire to end its occupation.”

Stressing that the speech of the Moroccan monarch "reflects a great deception aimed at international public opinion," the Sahrawi diplomat identified some contradictions (in the speech), especially when "King Mohamed VI highlights Rabat commitment to support the efforts of the UN chief and personal envoy, Horst Kohler and sets, in return, unrecognized conditions and references, as preconditions for resolving the conflict, referring to ‘the hypothesis of autonomy.’

For Talab Omar, any process of settlement must be based on the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination.

The Sahrawi ambassador has emphasized another contradiction as the Moroccan king reaffirmed his commitment to the African Union (AU) while he refuses the return of the AU Office to the occupied Al-Ayun to cooperate with MINURSO. This is a violation of one of the fundamental principles of the African organization, namely the respect of borders.

"The Moroccan Monarch also mentioned the situation in the Sahrawi territories while he stopped international observers from accessing it and tried to organize illegal activities there," added the Sahrawi diplomat. The King "mentioned the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) while Morocco occupies its neighbor, Western Sahara," he said. SPS