Geingob calls for unity over Western Sahara

26 Mar 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 MAR (NAMPA) – Namibian president and chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), Hage Geingob, on Tuesday expressed concern over the growing division of Sadc member states on the issue of Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara.
According to a statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday, Geingob was speaking at the Sadc Solidarity Conference with Western Africa held in Pretoria, South Africa.
Geingob questioned the unity of the community on this issue, speaking expressly to the African Ministerial Conference which took place concurrently in Marrakech, which was attended by some Sadc member states.
“There is an agenda to divide and by so doing, render our support for Western Sahara ineffective. These tactics were employed by countries which oppressed us and those who supported the inhumane oppression we endured,” he said.
Geingob reminded the members that Sadc opposed to the admission of the Kingdom of Morocco in the African Union (AU) in 2017 after a 33-year absence, however, the majority of the AU states felt it is best for Morocco to be included in the AU fraternity so that the issue can be discussed as brothers and sisters.
“Now that the Kingdom of Morocco has been admitted into the AU fraternity, we thought we will work together, at AU and United Nations level, to ensure that like all of us, the people of Western Sahara can enjoy their inalienable right to independence and self-determination,” Geingob said.
The Sadc chairperson said the prolonged impasse on the Western Sahara issue will have grave consequences on the functioning of the AU.