Aminatou Haidar: Makhzen, first beneficiary of Israel's observer status at AU

El Aaiun Occupied, 5 September 2021 (SPS) - President of the Sahrawi Body against the Moroccan occupation (ISACOM), Aminatou Haidar, said that the Makhzen regime was "the first beneficiary" of the observer status granted to Israel at the African Union (AU), as it serves its colonial and expansionist agendas in the region, including Western Sahara.

In an interview with the website "The Algerian Information Network" (El Akhbar), the Sahrawi activist said that "the Moroccan occupier is the first beneficiary of the granting of observer status at the AU to the Zionist entity, because he thinks it will allow to decide in his favor the conflict in Western Sahara.

The Moroccan regime "believes that its ties with Israel would allow it to form a kind of balance with Algeria, which is a regional force, and this, taking advantage of the military technology of the Zionist entity, she said.

However "by obtaining observer status in the pan-African organization, Israel seeks institutional access to influence African decision-makers and undermine the liberating heritage of the continent," she warned.

Referring to the Moroccan elections planned in the Sahrawi territories, Haidar recalled the "illegal and illicit" nature of this process contrary to the provisions of the Constitutive Act of the AU, in that the Western Sahara is under occupation and is, therefore, not included in the territories of the Kingdom inherited from the colonization.

International law classifies Western Sahara as a territory where the right to self-determination has not yet been exercised, she said.

Furthermore, the president of ISACOM described the appointment of a new representative of the UN Secretary General in Western Sahara as a "routine procedure that has no impact on the settlement process or on the holding of a referendum.