Mohammed VI: Morocco’s reintegrating AU does not mean relinquishing its rights on Western Sahara

discours-troneKing Mohammed VI said on Saturday that Morocco’s will to return to the African Union (AU) does not mean it is relinquishing its rights on Western Sahara.

In a televised speech he addressed to the nation on Saturday on the occasion of Throne Day, marking this year the 17th anniversary of his enthronement, the King of Morocco dealt with the Western Sahara issue, saying that “Morocco’s decision to return to its African institutional family does not, of course, mean that Morocco will relinquish its legitimate rights, nor recognize a pseudo entity lacking the basic elements of sovereignty which was imposed on the African Union, in flagrant violation of the latter’s charter.”

This message is aimed directly at the pseudo Sahrawi republic proclaimed by the Polisario Front with the political and financial support of the Algerian regime.

In order to strike the evil at its very roots, Morocco has officially decided on  July 17, on the occasion of the 27th summit of the African Union held in Kigali in Rwanda, to reintegrate the pan-African organization he had left in 1984 in protest against the admission of the pseudo SADR.

If some are trying to make 2016 a “year of decision”, for Morocco it is a “year of determination” as far as our territorial integrity is concerned, said the King of Morocco, referring to the recent row with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, subsequent to his provocative remarks and gestures, while he was on a visit in south-western Algeria, in March. Ban had made numerous diplomatic blunders and used the word “occupation” when referring to Morocco’s presence in its Sahara.

“Convinced that ours is a just cause, with firm determination, we have faced the fallacious statements and irresponsible behavior related to the management of the Moroccan Sahara issue and taken the necessary measures, dictated by the circumstances, to put an end to these serious deviations,” the King underlined in his speech.

King Mohammed VI also underscored that “Morocco is working hard to strengthen the strategic solidarity-based South-South partnership, particularly with our African brothers, both bilaterally and at the level of regional communities of states of West Africa.

The king also renewed Morocco’s commitment to spare no effort “to boost strategic solidarity-based South-South partnership, particularly with African sister nations, both bilaterally and within West-African regional groupings.”

In a bid to consolidate this sincere African policy, he said, we announced during the 27th African Summit, Morocco’s decision to return to its African institutional family.

Morocco, which is convinced of the historical and legal legitimacy of its sovereignty over its southern provinces, recovered from the Spanish colonial power in 1975, proposed in 2007 to grant a broad autonomy to Western Sahara under its sovereignty. Meanwhile, the Algerian regime continues to encourage the Polisario separatists to hold on to their obsolete claim of a self-determination referendum.

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