SADC leaders attend Saharawi Solidarity Conference

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) heads of State are in meeting at the South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) offices, in Pretoria. The leaders are in meeting to stand in solidarity with the Saharawi people of the Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa said that the aim of the conference is to build bridges, ending subjugation and dominance through force. This is also part of building an integrated, politically united Africa based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism, as well as ensuring a peaceful and secure Africa, he said.

The Conference noted that the Saharawi made their decision was clear in 1991, when they agreed to engage in a referendum for independence that’s been obstructed by Morocco for 27 years. The Africa Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and Morocco were also urged to expedite the referendum.

The Saharawi people are willing to engage with good faith with Morocco in a civil manner of dignity and respect. All that is need is for Morocco to sit at the same table and to implement decisions of AU, UN and international community at large.


By Mokgethi Mtezuka

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