Opening of consulates in occupied Western Sahara: AU called upon to take urgent measures

Bir Lahlou (Liberated Territories), 20 January 2020 (SPS) - The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) called on the African Union (AU) and its members to take urgent measures to bring African states to reconsider their grave decisions of opening "consulates" in the occupied Sahrawi territories.

The opening by Côte d'Ivoire, the Comoros, Gambia, Guinea and Gabon of consulates in the occupied territories of Western Sahara is a "dangerous act which violates all the principles leading to the creation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), in particular the intangibility of the borders existing at the time of independence in accordance with Article 4 of the Constitutive Act of the African Union," said the Sahrawi Foreign Ministry in a press release.

Through their unilateral decisions to open consulates in the occupied Western Sahara, these African states have transgressed other African Union principles and objectives, notably its Non-Aggression and Common Defense Pact, added the source.

The press release mentioned the urgent message sent by Brahim Ghali President of the SADR and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, to the President of the AU Commission concerning the AU member countries participation, with the Moroccan occupying forces in the attacks against the Sahrawi people and their sovereignty in addition to the flagrant violation of their commitments contained in the statutes and decisions of the Union, through the opening of "consulates" in the occupied part of the Sahrawi Republic. (SPS)