SAHRAWI PRESIDENT APPEALS FOR SUPPORT FROM UN, AU

The President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Brahim Ghali, says he is confident that the newly-elected United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, will prioritise the full independence of his country.

Ghali, who is in South Africa for a working visit at the invitation of President Jacob Zuma, on Monday appealed to the African Union (AU) not to re-admit Morocco as a member of the AU until his country gains independence from Moroccan occupation.

Sahrawi, also referred to as Western Sahara, located in northern Africa and bordering Morocco and Algeria among other countries, has rich fishing waters. It also derives economic benefit from its phosphate reserves and a few other natural resources.

Fresh water is scarce and the country’s agricultural sector is also suffering. There are other challenges facing the country.

Part of Sahrawi is occupied by Morocco and Ghali appealed to the AU and the UN to help secure its independence.

It is quite unfortunate to see that despite the fact that colonialism should be over, one of the African territories still suffers direct occupation by the Kingdom of Morocco. The Sahrawian people have been fighting for independence from Morocco for decades, he said.

One of Sahrawi’s burning independence issues will be on the agenda of the next AU Summit in Addis Ababa at the end of this month.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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