AU demands from Morocco to respect pan-African organization as unified block

Maputo (Mozambique), August 26, 2017 (SPS) - African Union (AU) demanded from Morocco and all partners to respect the African organization as a unified block at the regional and international levels, asking the Moroccan delegation attending the ministerial meeting of the partnership summit between the African Union and Japan to sit beside Western Sahara to show respect to the unity of AU institutions and agencies.

The African Union demanded that Morocco and all partners respect the African organization following Moroccan attempts, over three days, to impose its positions and "exclude Western Sahara from the partnership meeting between the AU and Japan."

Those attempts to redirect the unified African position adopted by the Committee of Ambassadors on 22 and 23 August, and during the consultation meetings attended by the Committee of Ambassadors and the group of African Ambassadors in Japan were failed.

The African Union also requested from the Moroccan delegation to take a seat beside its Saharawi counterpart attending the meeting.

The interministerial meetings of partnership summit between AU and Japan opened Thursday, in Maputo, in the presence of President Philipe Nyusi of Mozambique, his Foreign minister and that of Japan, in addition to representatives of the World Bank, the UN-AU liaison office and the African Commission's deputy chairman. (SPS)