AU sufficiently mature to “counter Morocco’s plans,” says Ould Salek

The Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Salem Ould Salek stated Monday in Algiers the African Union (AU) is sufficiently mature and independent to counter Morocco’s plans and attempts to undermine the Constitutive Act of the pan-African organization.

“The AU is sufficiently and independent in its decisions that allow it counter Morocco’s plans and attempts to infringe the provisions of the Constitutive Act of the pan-African organization,” said Ould Salek in a press conference held at the Sahrawi embassy in Algiers, stressing the “majority, even all African states expect Morocco to comply to the document it signed and ratified (AU Constitutive Act).”

Ould Salek said the AU decided to accept Morocco as the 55th member state of the AU following a “consensus among the member states,” adding “no vote took place as some Moroccan media report.”

“The accession was enforced in accordance to Articles 9 and 29 of the Constitutive Act based on respect for borders inherited from independence and non-use of force for acquisition of territories, sacrosanct principles,” affirmed the Sahrawi official.

“Morocco sits alongside the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and coincidentally, coordination between the countries of the Zone 5 of the AU (North Africa) is entrusted to Western Sahara. It is a fait accompli to which Morocco must adapt,” said Ould Salek.

If not, “Morocco will not only be faced to SADR but to all AU member states and bodies.”

“Regardless of the agenda behind Morocco’s request to join the AU, the pan-African organization is aware of the continent’s interests that intersect with those of the international community.”

“Therefore, the AU will pursue playing full role to find African solutions to Africa’s issues,” he added.