Panicked, Brahim Ghali Flies to Havana to be soothed

The Polisario Front is starting panicking one month after the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Cuba. The front’s leader, Brahim Ghali, landed on Thursday in Havana, to get some assurance from President Raul Castro that Cuba would continue supporting the so-called Sahrawi republic “RASD”.

The Polisario leader and his cronies were blindsided by the large-scale diplomatic offensive carried out over recent months by Morocco in several African and Latin American countries, including in those still recognizing the pseudo-“SADR”. So, they are multiplying contacts with their traditional allies so that they do not change their standpoint.

After more than 34 countries withdrew their recognition of the pseudo-SADR, Cuba is, behind Algeria and South Africa, the country that contributes to the survival of the separatist rebel movement.

The Cubans, long-time allies of the Polisario, have been indoctrinating hundreds of Sahrawi children in Cuba each year and Cuban military instructors used to visit the Tindouf camps regularly to train Sahrawi youth to the handling of weapons and guerrilla techniques.

Lately, the Polisario leaders’ concerns have been growing, particularly since the triumphant return of Morocco to the African Union and the launch by King Mohammed VI of mega projects in African countries, even in countries known for their support to the Polisario, such as Ethiopia or Nigeria.

Following the April 22 restoration of diplomatic relations between Rabat and Havana, the Cuban government informed the Polisario leaders that Cuba’s stand regarding the Western Sahara conflict was not going to change, yet Brahim Ghali and his Algerian mentors do not seem very reassured.

After they suffered many failures in their diplomatic battle against Morocco and after they were betrayed by many of their former supporters, the leaders of the Polisario and Algeria have no longer confidence in their allies who risk, they think, to switch at any moment to Morocco’s side.


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