Cabinet approves implementation of SADC Declaration on Western Sahara

16 May 2019 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 16 MAY (NAMPA) – Cabinet has approved Namibia’s implementation of the recommendations that emanated from the declaration of the Southern African Development Community Solidarity Conference with Western Sahara held in March this year.
The conference, held on 25 March 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa called for unity to ensure the right to freedom and self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.
Morocco has claimed authority over Western Sahara since 1975, but the United Nations does not recognize Morocco’s control, calling Western Sahara a “non-self-governing territory.”
The Cabinet decision was revealed by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, at a media briefing on Cabinet resolutions in the capital on Thursday.
“Cabinet has approved that Namibia ensure that the issue of Western Sahara is raised in most if not all bilateral engagements regionally, continentally and internationally,” he said.
Simataa noted that not long-ago Namibia was in the same situation as Western Sahara, where the rights of Namibia’s self determination were not honoured.
He added that it is therefore a matter of principle for Namibia to honour its obligation to support Western Sahara so that they too can enjoy their freedom.
Furthermore, Simataa said Cabinet also endorsed that the African Union Panel of the Wise sho include the issue of Western Sahara on their Agenda.