Panafrican News Agency

Mauritanian Diaspora set conditions for true national unity

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian Diaspora in the United States have listed conditions for the restoration of national unity and a peaceful political atmosphere in their home country in a long letter sent to President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani.


In line with the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UN), the new Mauritanian president, elected on 22 June 2019, met with representatives of the international community in the USA.


For the success of his mandate  "Peace and national unity’’, the document of the Diaspora demands "satisfactory solution to the political crisis of the years 1989/1991, which is confirmed by hundreds of extra-judicial executions, the end of impunity and injustice".


In addition, they set an organised return and the respect of the fundamental rights of the Mauritanian deportees living in Senegal and Mali, the immediate settlement of the situation of Mauritanians who become stateless in their own country, deprived of their nationality because of the deliberately created administrative barriers.


Ensuring transparency in the access to civil service and the armed and security forces and professional training so that the government’s symbolic institutions reflect national diversity, are part of the declaration.


The letter also calls for the end of the dispossession of land, a new legislation authorizing dual nationality, the respect of the principle of the freedom of the press and  the development of media, independent and impartial justice…


The letter lists present imbalances, particularly in the armed and security forces, with command exclusively exercised by men from only one community, the same for the territorial administration in the large majority.


-0- PANA SAS/TBM/MSA/AR 30Sept2019