Peruvian Lawmakers Reject Proposal to Set up Friendship Group with Polisario

Peruvian Lawmakers Reject Proposal to Set up Friendship Group with Polisario

The Peruvian Congress rejected a proposal for the creation of a friendship group with the self-proclaimed separatist entity, the Arab Sahrawi Republic.

The refusal by Peruvian lawmakers marks a crushing diplomatic defeat to the polisario’s efforts to re-stablish ties with Peru, which does not recognize the Algerian-backed separatist entity as a state.


Indeed, the bulk majority of the members of the Foreign affairs committee at the parliament answered with a resounding Nay to the proposal to establish a parliamentary friendship group with the Polisario militia.

The Chairman of the committee, Ricardo Luna, strongly opposed the creation of such a group, recalling that his country has withdrawn recognition of the Polisario in 1996.

The decision of the Peruvian congress comes after the authorities of the country declared Polisaio emissary Khadijatou El Mokhtar persona non grata and proceeded to her deportation manu military to Madrid.

El Mokhtar was nurturing a false hope of taking the post of the “Ambassador” of the Algerian-backed militia in Peru, which maintains close friendly ties with Rabat.

The decision not to admit El Mukhtar as Ambassador also draws the attention of the international public opinion to the anomaly of establishing diplomatic ties with a separatist entity that threatens regional peace and security in total violation of the UN Charter.

Accrediting ambassadors of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi republic is most of all a political biased decision because the entity, based in Tindouf in Southern Algeria, is lacking attributes of the state necessary for UN membership.

The increasing withdrawals of recognitions deals the Polisario severe blows. An increasing number of states are coming to terms with viewing the Polisairo as totalitarian organization fed by an ideological anachronism peculiar to the Cold War era.

Furthermore, as relic of the cold-war, the Polisario remains obedient and dependent financially and diplomatically on its paymaster Algeria, which uses it to achieve regional hegemony to the detriment of regional stability.

Over the last years, support for the Algerian-sponsored separatist thesis in the Moroccan Sahara has been waning, as 43 countries have withdrawn their recognition of the SADR entity out of 80 that previously recognized it in a Cold War context.


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