Interception, if Not Ejection, of SADR from AU Must not be Considered as Proscription or Inaccessible Objective (Seminar)

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Accra- the suspension, if not ejection, of “SADR”, refers to armed group has no proportion in sovereign state, from African Union (AU) should not be accounted as taboo or an unachievable goal, said Tuesday the participants in a seminar held in Accra on the theme “the Compulsory Economic Recovery: How can the solution of the Sahara issue boosts African’s Regional and Continental Integration?”.

The participants in the event hosted by Ghanaian think tank Imani Centre for Policy and Education put in this regard the admission into the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), and its maintenance by the AU, which is a source of barriers and division.

According to a press released by the Imani Centre for Policy and Education, the participants of the AU should correct this “cumbersome legacy and historical miscarriage”

Thus, the interception, if not ejection, of the “SADR”, an armed group with no attributes of a Sovereign State, must not be considered as taboo or an inaccessible objective, they mentioned it.

“Its fulfilment is not intent on being an exclusively Moroccan ambition but one that drives African States to put an end to superfluous divisions, and to stop the instrumentalization of an organization which is supposed to serve a Pan-African ideal and goal.”

“The political deadlocks, such as Sahara issue, are, today, a major obstruction to African’s economic integration”. The participants of this event said.

They shed on light in this point the need to find realistic solutions to this longstanding issue, which can only make a gap in African’s regional and continental integration, especially in the current context, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic’s economics and social repercussions.

Many participants underlined that the resolution of the Sahara issue a needful step to support the continent’s economics integration, in regard to its current dynamics marked by the exclusively of the United Nations process and the pre-eminence of Moroccan Autonomy Plan as a sincere realistic, credible, and inclusive political solution.

In the current context, mark by the urgency of economic revival -for the unity, consolidation and the general safety of the continent –the recent event in Guerguerat demonstrates the need to solve the political deadlocks and fruitless ideological positions, they pointed out.

The Participants analyses: the three-weeks of obstruction by Polisario of an important and strategic road – connecting Europe, North Africa and Western Africa – put the neighbouring countries, the region and the whole continent’s economic security at risk.

It also showed the significance and weight of cooperation between Morocco and west- African countries, the source added.

Moreover, the participants deliberated the solutions available to the AU to rebalance its position on the affair, and play its neutral role in contributing to enhance a lasting solution to dispute that has been obstructing the AU’s functioning as well as the continent’s overall integration.

Due to the dynamics around the Sahara issue, the participants highlighted that the United Nations Security Council process could be supported by Ghana’s contribution to reach to final solution, in light of its upcoming non-permanent membership in the Security Council.

The incident bought together several Ghanaian and West-African, stakeholders, including prominent policymakers, experts, academics, business leaders, think tank and civil society representatives from the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal.

The seminar attempted to discuss the African Union’s current issues in an objective and scientific matter, in a highly intellectual and fact-base exercise with reliable experts and influential decision-makers. Accra being the host of African continental free Trade Agreement’s (AFCFTA) secretariat, the debates focused on the challenges of regional and continental economic integration, with more focus on the role of regional Economic Communities.

The participants insisted on necessity of integration and called for the full implementation of the AFCFTA and its expectations from any deadlocks that hinder the continent’s integration ideal on the ground.

Whilst economics combination represents an emergency and milestone in consolidation and development of African, it would be risked should the AU not rationalize its institutional arc.

Based on the debates, the integration of such architecture makes it imperative for the AU to complete its institutional reform and construct its resilience against separatist and secessionist agendas, which are a threat in several African countries.

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