Namibia unhappy with Morocco's stance on Western Sahara

21 Nov 2017 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has expressed disappointment on the Kingdom of Morocco’s stance towards independence for Western Sahara.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said during a diplomatic corps year-end briefing held in the capital on Tuesday that Morocco’s highest authority on 08 November 2017 ruled out any peace deal for the independence of Western Sahara in the face of United Nations (UN) renewed efforts to resolve disputes.
“Namibia certainly would expect the Kingdom of Morocco to fully abide by the provisions of the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act and the relevant UN resolutions on Western Sahara,” she said.
Western Sahara is claimed by both the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front as its own, and is listed on the United Nations List of Non-Self-Governing Territories. The the Polisario Front is a Sahrawi rebel national liberation movement aiming to end Moroccan presence in the Western Sahara.
Morocco left the AU in 1984 after the AU recognised the right to self-determination and independence for the people of the Western Sahara.
Morocco was, however, readmitted as a member of the AU after a vote at an AU Summit on 30 January 2017, in spite of the Western Sahara conflict.
The minister therefore emphasised Namibia’s will to continue supporting the people of Western Sahara in their quest to realise their undeniable right to self-determination and independence, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.
On the current situation in Zimbabwe, Nandi-Ndaitwah said Namibia is following the events with keen interest.
“We hope the leaders of Zimbabwe will garner the necessary wisdom to find an amicable solution, while SADC is doing its part within the provisions of the treaty,” she said.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s parliament on Tuesday afternoon began impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe in attempts by the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party to strip its former leader of the presidency, and bring his domination of the country he has ruled for almost four decades ago to an end.
Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Manuel Alexander D. Rodrigues of Angola, during the same event, commended Namibia’s willingness to always get involved in resolution-making in national issues and wished the ruling party well on its congress slated for Thursday to Sunday in the capital.