Suspending the so-called SADR would free the African Union (AU) to play a ‘constructive role’ in UN efforts to resolve the Western Sahara dispute, South Africa’s Institute for Security Strategies (ISS) said.


Change from within the African Union seems to be the new Moroccan strategy, ISS pointed out in a recent analysis.


After 32 years of absence, Morocco “is preparing to return to the continent’s highest body,” ISS said, adding that the Kingdom stormed out of the African body in 1984 because of the illegal admission by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) of the alleged SADR as a full member. “In a letter to current AU chairperson and Chadian President Idriss Deby at the organisation’s summit in Kigali last month, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI said the time had come for ‘Morocco to take its natural place within its institutional family,’ the source noted.


The sovereign insisted that in 1984 Morocco had ‘never left Africa’ but had only left the OAU because of its recognition of the so-called SADR, ISS pointed out, adding at least 34 individual AU member states did not recognize the alleged SADR, the institute went on.


“Also in Kigali, Deby received a motion signed by 28 AU members, welcoming Morocco’s decision to rejoin the AU but also declaring that these states would ‘act for the immediate suspension of the “Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic" from the AU’, because it did not represent a real state and was not accepted in other inter-governmental bodies like the UN,” ISS underlined.