Morocco Fails In Its plan To "Blow Up" African Summit And To "Embarrass" Algeria

date 2017/07/04 views 624 comments 0

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Morocco has harked back to shady maneuvering within the African Union after a 32-year absence from this body. Its aim is to “stifle” the voice of Algeria and convince African leaders of its alleged thesis that Algeria is a party to the Western Sahara conflict and to promote itself as a "victim" but dismally failed in its scheming to sow division within the Pan-African body.

As soon as it registered its return to the fold of the African Union, last January, after more than three decades of absence, Rabat has used its participation in the 29th summit of African Union leaders in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to stir up "diplomatic problems" and try to “suppress” the voice of Algeria and “scuttle” its long-standing pivotal role in the African continent.

Moroccan diplomacy thus called for a review of the contents of Articles 88 and 89 of the report of the Committee of Delegates to the 31th Session of the African Union Executive Council, which includes granting mandate for the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights to visit the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, claimed in a statement to a Moroccan media that Rabat and its allies had won over Algeria and Western Sahara. 

For the first time, Articles 88 and 89 have been opposed for years on the report of the AU Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights In order to investigate reported gross human rights violations committed by the Moroccan occupier in Western Sahara.

The Moroccan diplomat strove to influence the positions of African countries but to no avail, when he pointed out that his country demanded not to take Algeria's steadfast position on the Western Sahara issue as the position of the African Union as a whole.

The Nigerian media reported a statement by Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyama, in which he revealed that "Morocco threatened to obstruct the proceedings of the meeting of the Executive Council of the African Union, because the Council was unable to reach an agreement on the assessment of the human rights situation in the occupied Sahrawi territories, as stipulated in the report of the African Commission".

He added that "Nigeria's efforts to find a solution to this crisis between Morocco and the Polisario Front came at the right time" .

It should be noted, meanwhile, that the ongoing Gulf crisis also dominated the proceedings of the 29th AU Summit.

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