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Ould Salek calls on Morocco to abide by its commitments, conform to international law

APS - 16 February 2017

CHAHED EL-HAFED (Saharawi Refugee Camps)- Saharawi Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Salem Ould Salek said Morocco has been forced to accept what it had rejected before, in order to join the African Union (AU), calling Rabat to respect its commitments and conform to the international legality and allow for the decolonization of Western Sahara, the last colony in Africa.

Speaking Wednesday to the forum of the Sahara Libre (free Sahara) newspaper, Ould Salek said "Morocco has been forced to accept to sit beside the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), a full and founding member of the African Union, which means recognition of the reality of the African organization where the SADR is AU's 39th member."

"All Morocco's attempts to expel the Saharawi Republic have failed due to the solidarity of African Union members with Western Sahara people's right to self-determination and independence and their struggle to recover their legitimate rights," Ouled Salek said, cited by the Saharawi news agency SPS on Thursday.

"Morocco, by signing the African Union constitutive act, has officially acknowledged its internationally recognized border."

Morocco must abide by its commitments and conform to the international reality to allow for the decolonization of Western Sahara, the last colony in Africa, the Saharawi official stressed.