Lecturers in Mexico call for the dismantling of Polisario militias

Academics and associative actors from Latin America have called for the dismantling of the Polisario militias and the release of the Tindouf camps populations, held against their will in the Algerian desert.

The call was launched at an international leaders’ meeting for cooperation held recently in Mexico City.

The regional group of the Fundacion Global Africa Latina, which brings together cultural, academic and associative actors from several Latin American countries, has underlined the collusion of the Polisario separatists with terrorist groups, stating that the Tindouf camps have become a “fertile ground” for Al-Qaeda recruiters and traffickers of all stripes.

In its warning, the regional group refers to the findings of a report by the International Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICTS), attached to the American think tank “Potomac Institute for Policy Studies”, and to the observations made by the group’s experts after a recent mission in the region.

For her part, the president of the Center of Studies of People’s Democracy (CEDEPU), Jacqueline Andrea Hernández, reaffirmed the need to proceed with the “census of the populations of the Tindouf camps”, an operation that the Algerian regime has never authorized despite the repeated demands of the UN and its specialized agencies.

Ms Hernández recalled the conclusions of a recent meeting at the National Press Club in Washington, where the untruths and false allegations of the Polisario and its Algerian sponsors about the reality of the conflict around the Moroccan Sahara were exposed.

She strongly denounced the instrumentalization by the Algerian regime of the Sahara issue for the sole purpose of harming Morocco’s territorial integrity and stability.

Several participants in the meeting recalled the autonomy plan for the Sahara that Morocco submitted to the UN in 2007, insisting that the plan was described by the Security Council and by several influential powers as “serious and credible”.

They also hailed the suspension by several Latin American parliaments, particularly Paraguay and Colombia, of their relations with the Polisario.

During the debates, Mexican lecturer Maricarmen González Camacho insisted that “it is time to give a chance to peace by endorsing the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative”, which represents, she said, an appropriate solution for a final settlement of the regional territorial dispute.

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