Regional seminars in Africa call for the expulsion of the Polisario from the AU

Thursday, October 28, 2021

(PanOrient News) Participants in regional symposiums held in African states are calling for the expulsion of the Polisario armed group from the African Union (AU) because it lacks the elements of a State. Such a move, they said, would restore the AU's impartiality and credibility and help find solutions based on a pragmatic approach to a conflict that continues to undermine Africa's stability, peace and security.

Prominent political figures, experts, academics, and researchers of think tanks from Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia attended the events.

In his address to the participants, former Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sami Badibanga, said the African Union "made a mistake from the beginning by not respecting its laws when it accepted the membership of the Polisario entity that lacks the elements of a state." He warned the future of Africa should not see such an entity as a member of the AU.

Although calls for expelling the Polisario from the African Union are not a new trend, they have become louder recently. Participants in a symposium organized by the Accra-based Ghanaian Center for Political Affairs and Education unanimously agreed that suspending the membership of the Polisario should not be a taboo.

Another regional symposium, hosted at the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, on October 16 called on the Organization of African Unity to correct its mistake by expelling the Polisario. Speakers said the existence of the Polisario in the AU undermines its credibility and violates its founding charter that allows the inclusion of only sovereign states.

The Moroccan Sahara issue witnessed outstanding support in recent years. The USA recognized the Moroccan Sahara, and an increasing number of African, Arab, and American representatives established offices in the southern provinces of Morocco.

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