Accra Ghana | Realitas – Suspension, if not expulsion, of “SADR”, an armed group without the attribute of a sovereign State, from the African Union (AU) should not be considered a goal, which is taboo or unattainable.
This was said Tuesday, participants in a seminar held in Accra with the theme “Economic Recovery Imperatives: How Can Solving the Sahara Problem Strengthen Regional and Continental Integration of Africa?”
The information obtained by Realitas.com journalists was quoted from the release of Willson Lalengke, Chair of the National PPWI, that, participants in the event organized by the Ghanaian think tank Imani Center for Policy and Education condemned in this case its acceptance into the Organization of African Unity (OAU), and its maintenance. by the AU, from a non-state entity, which has since been a source of resistance and division.
According to participants, the AU must repair this “complicated legacy” and “historical fallout”, said a press release by the Imani Center for Policy and Education.
Thus, the suspension, if not expulsion, of “SADR”, an armed group without attributes of a sovereign state, should not be considered a taboo or unattainable goal, they said.
“Its fulfillment is not meant to be an exclusive ambition of Morocco but one that encourages African States to end excessive divisions, and to stop the instrumentalization of an organization that is supposed to serve Pan-African ideals and goals.”
Participants at the event said that political stalemate, like the Sahara issue, is currently a major obstacle to African economic integration.
They highlight in this regard the need to find a realistic and definitive solution to this long-standing problem, which can only constitute a breakthrough in the regional and continental consolidation of Africa, especially in the current context, which is characterized by the urgency caused by the economics of the COVID-19 pandemic. and social impact.
Several participants underlined that the Sahara resolution issued the necessary steps to enhance the economic integration of the continent, given the current dynamics characterized by the exclusivity of the UN process and the prominence of the Moroccan Autonomous Plan as a sincere and realistic plan, a credible and inclusive political solution.
In the current context, which is marked by the urgency of economic recovery – for the unity, integration and safety of the entire continent – the recent incident in Guerguerat demonstrates the need to overcome political impasse and unproductive ideological positions, they said.
Extensively analyzed by the participants, the three-week obstruction by Polisario of the vital and strategic road, which connects Europe, North Africa and West Africa, puts neighboring countries, the region, and the economic security of the entire continent at risk.
It also highlights the importance and weight of cooperation between Morocco and West African countries, the source added.
Next, the participants examined the solutions available to the AU to rebalance its position on this issue, and fully play its neutral role in contributing to promoting a long-term solution to the disputes that have halted the functioning of the AU as well as the integration of the entire continent.
Recognizing the current dynamics surrounding the Sahara issue, participants highlighted that the United Nations Security Council (DKPBB) process could be supported by Ghana’s contribution to reaching a final and realistic solution, given its impending non-permanent membership on the Security Council.
The event brought together several Ghanaian and West African stakeholders including leading policymakers, experts, academics, business leaders, think tanks and civil society representatives from Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal.
The seminar aims to debate and discuss the current challenges of the African Union (AU) in an objective, scientific and impartial manner, in the context of a highly intellectual and fact-based exercise with credible experts and influential decision makers.
Accra hosts the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) secretariat, a discussion focused on the challenges of regional and continental economic integration, with a particular focus on the role of the Regional Economic Community.
The participants highlighted the urgency of such integration and called for the full implementation of the AfCFTA and its prevention from the impasse that hinders the ideal of continental integration on the ground, as stated and supported by the AU.
While economic integration is an emergency and a major milestone in the consolidation and development of Africa, it will be jeopardized if the AU does not rationalize its institutional architecture.
According to the debate, such architectural consolidation makes the AU important to complete its institutional reforms and build its resilience against separatist and secessionist agendas, which pose a real threat in many African countries. (Misnato)