Pretoria Conference: FM Lamamra welcomes SADC States’ support to Saharawi cause

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PRETORIA (South Africa)- Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra welcomed Tuesday, in Pretoria, the commitment by the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in favour of Western Sahara cause, stressing that the conference of solidarity with the Saharawi people is a timely and relative initiative.

During the second day of the conference of solidarity with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) organized in the South African capital, Ramtane Lamamra, welcomed the commitment of the SADC member countries in favor of the Saharawi cause, affirming that holding the solidarity conference with the Saharawi people is a “timely” and “relevant” initiative.

Transmitting the “warm greetings” of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to all SADC heads of state and government and other leaders invited to this symposium, the head of Algerian diplomacy reminded, in this occasion, Algeria’s support to all African struggles for independence and sovereignty.

Mr. Lamamra argued, in this context, that Algeria’s calls for the resolve of the Saharawi  conflict that goes back more than 40 years.

Expressing his satisfaction at the holding of the solidarity conference with the Saharawi people on the soil of the late Nelson Mandela, the historic leader of South Africa, the Deputy Prime Minister stressed that this meeting is taking place in a context marked by the commitment of the UN SG’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler to revive the negotiations between the two parties to conflict, namely;  Morocco and the Polisario Front, to begin a fair and lasting solution that will ensure the self-determination of the Saharawi people within the framework of the United Nations resolutions.

In this regard, the head of Algerian diplomacy deplored the “lack of will for the part of Morocco” in the process of resolving this conflict.

This implies, at the same time, Mr. Lamamra noted, a “challenge” and a constant “mobilization” to defend respect for justice and legality “.

To this end, he stressed the importance of involving the African Union in this process within the general framework and through the appropriation of mechanisms that could constitute a response to Saharawi concerns.

Among these concerns, the Minister of Foreign Affairs cited the situation of human rights in the occupied Saharawi territories by the Moroccan Kingdom, calling for an end to the violations recorded in this area.

He also referred to Morocco’s plundering of Sahrawi natural resources in the framework of trade agreements with the European Union, stating that this issue constitutes a source of concern that deserves to be taken into account by the Member States of the AU.

The Algerian foreign minister has, on occasion, reiterated the support of Algeria, as a neighboring country, to the efforts led by Horst Kohler, for the resolution of the Sahrawi conflict, ensuring that Algeria will remain faithful to its tradition of solidarity with Saharawi refugees.

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