Received last Tuesday by the President of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Mahamat Moussa Faki, in Addis Ababa, the Saharawi Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Sidati, discussed at length with him the situation in occupied Western Sahara and the role the AU can play in completing the decolonization process. This is what Moussa Faki himself said in a tweet. From the details reported by the Sahrawi press agency SPS, it emerges that the discussions between Faki and Sidati listed the fields of action of the AU to apply the “various decisions of the political authorities linked to the question of Western Sahara, and this in accordance with the “historical, political, moral and legal role of the Pan-African organization to advance the process of decolonization” of the last colony in Africa.
The two parties thus proceeded to examine the situation currently prevailing in Western Sahara, with the war imposed by the Moroccan aggression of November 20, 2020 of peaceful Sahrawi demonstrators in El Guerguerat and the breaking of the ceasefire by Rabat. It is as a pledge of the African initiative adopted by the UN that the said ceasefire had been signed between the Polisario Front and the Kingdom of Morocco in 1991 under the explicit condition of a referendum of self-determination of the Saharawi people. . Sidati assured his interlocutor that the SADR “will remain faithful to its obligations towards the continental organization”, since “the responsibility of the AU as a partner of the United Nations in the efforts aimed at establishing a lasting and just peace based on the exercise by the Sahrawi people of their inalienable right to self-determination and independence” is committed. He also asked him to “give special attention to the human rights situation in the Saharawi territories occupied by Morocco”, reported SPS.
Decidedly, fate is hounding poor Nasser Bourita who no longer knows where to turn and who sees all his maneuvers, from the crudest to the most underhanded, end up in a tail. During the recent AU Summit, he had set Moroccan diplomacy in motion, with a delegation of 46 “seasoned diplomats” to achieve his ends. The objectives were multiple: to ensure the entry of the Zionist entity as an observer member of the AU, with the presence of its delegation at the work of the current summit, to ratify the Tangier Declaration for the exclusion of the SADR, founding member, and, icing on the tagine, obtaining the vice-presidency of the AU for the 2023-2024 financial year.
Alas, three times alas! None of these “noble” calculations, although backed up by the enthusiastic support of some twenty traditional supporters of the Makhzen, have materialized. On the road paved with Moroccan “good intentions”, a diplomat of a completely different caliber than the Moroccan MFA, experienced in this kind of challenge by a long and remarkable career, replied piecemeal, as in a game of chess at the end of which the king is stripped bare! The grotesque episode of the expulsion of the Zionist representative from the AU Summit, summoned by this far more consistent diplomat in all battles, to choose between legality and clash, should have been enough to make Bourita understand that it is far, very far, from corresponding to the challenges that are accumulating, from Pegasus to the corruption of the European Parliament, and which have undoubtedly not finished splashing the Makhzen, walled in a painful incomprehension which has not equal to the controversial shadow of a Zionist umbrella.
This article is originally published on lexpressiondz.com