Morocco is determined to counter any hostility within the African Union and its bodies that could undermine its position on the four-decade-long Western Sahara conflict, according to Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum.
Moroccan experts of African affairs are working on a strategy to defend Morocco’s interests in the AU and the Peace and Security Council, one of the most important organs of the pan-African bloc.
During the 30th Summit of African Heads of State and Government, which took place in January, Algeria’s pro-separatist Commissioner for Peace and Security Ismail Chergui submitted a controversial report to the AU, asking the organization to urge Morocco to make certain decisions that would be detrimental to Morocco’s sovereignty in its Saharan provinces.
In his report, Chergui asked AU to pressure Morocco to accept the return of the AU Mission for Western Sahara to the Moroccan southern city Laayoune, a demand that Morocco has strongly denounced.
The pro-separatist document included statements contradictory to the historical and current positions of the UN and Morocco and calls upon the AU to create a human rights monitoring in Morocco’s southern provinces.
With its return to the AU and its recent election to the Peace and Security Council, Morocco has successfully thwarted Algeria’s pro-separatist attempt to undermine its position on the conflict.
At the end of the summit, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, expressed the AU’s support for the United Nations, which has long been engaged in the search for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Western Sahara.
In its March 2 edition, Akhbar Al Yaoum reported that the Peace and Security Council has long been dominated by Algeria’s political agenda, but with Morocco’s election into the Peace and Security Council, the country is committed to balance and defend its interests.