UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday rejected criticism from Morocco of his remarks on Western Sahara, and pledged to push for action to advance peace efforts during his final year as UN chief.
Following Ban’s trip to a camp in Algeria housing refugees from the 40-year conflict, the Moroccan government charged that the UN chief’s remarks contained “verbal excesses and unjustified complacency.”
A delegation of the African Union Commission (AUC) and some members States as well as international dignitaries brought their support and expressed their solidarity to the people of Western Sahara at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the proclamation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
“It is a clear and unequivocal message: Africa will not be free until the last of its colonies, Western Sahara, is released, free and independent,” said the AU Commission in a communiqué.
AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko reassured the Sahrawi people that “Africa will always be by their side until victory.”
Sahara Press Service