South Africa: Ruling ANC condemns Morocco's readmission to the AU

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African national Congress on Tuesday expressed its regret at the African Union’s decision to re-admit Morocco into the regional bloc.

The union on Monday voted to readmit Morocco, 30 years after it quit the continental body in protest against it recognising the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic as a member. Thirty-nine countries out of 54 approved its return.

"This decision represents a significant setback to the cause of the Sahrawi people and their quest for self-determination and independence in the Western Sahara," said Edna Molewa who chairs the party’s international relations committee.

Molewa said the ANC, long-time allies of the Western Sahara, had supported the Sahrawi people in their fight for liberation against Morocco, one of the last colonial outposts on the continent.

Molewa said his party hoped that the AU will not allow the matter of the independence of Western Sahara “to be swept under the carpet of political expediency”.
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31 january 2017 10:53:56

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