The 14th African Union Extraordinary Session of the Assembly on Silencing the Guns has ended with a reiteration of the primacy of the UN as the exclusive framework for a political solution to the Sahara issue.
The decision deals a new blow to Algeria and its national Ismail Chergui who heads the AU’s Peace and Security Council and who committed diplomatic blunders by seeking to impose Algeria’s regional hegemonic agenda by abusing his position at the helm of the continental organization’s most important body.
Head of the AU’s commission, Mousa Faki Mahamat made it clear that resolution 639 states the Sahara issue is an exclusive UN process and that the AU’s Troika should continue to back UN efforts to settle the issue.
Algeria’s foreign minister Sabri Boukadoum had bemoaned a bygone era in which Algeria used the absence of Morocco to pass resolutions hostile to the North African Kingdom’s territorial integrity and urged the AU to intervene after accusing the UN for failure.
South Africa, a heavyweight whose ruling party ANC hovers in Algeria’s orbit, has surprisingly endorsed resolution 639 leaving Algeria in embarrassing isolation within the continental organization.
The South African stance was expressed by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the AU Chairman, to the disappointment of Algeria and their Polisario puppet.
Over 85% of the UN member states do not recognize the Polisario and some 28 African states have submitted a motion calling for halting the membership of the Algeria-backed and hosted separatist entity.