Morocco wins support in Caribbean for its sovereignty over Sahara
On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, another Caribbean country, Antigua and Barbuda added its voice to many countries in the region that support Morocco’s territorial integrity.
Speaking after a meeting with Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, Antigua’s foreign minister Paul Chet Greene said his country considers the Sahara a Moroccan territory, adding that the settlement of this regional conflict must be within the framework of the Kingdom’s sovereignty.
Greene also stressed the “the credible, serious and realistic Moroccan autonomy initiative” as a solution to this conflict.
Antigua and Barbuda’s position is in line with that of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
A series of similar stands were expressed by Latin American states, including Salvador, Surinam, Uruguay and Peru which came to terms with viewing the Polisario as a totalitarian organization fed by an ideological anachronism peculiar to the Cold War era.
Demise of the Polisario
Over the last two years, some 46 countries have withdrawn their recognition of the SADR entity out of 80 that previously recognized it.
Furthermore, as a 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.
As an Algerian invention, the Polisario has benefited from Algiers’ oil mantra to buy support notably in Africa where the separatist entity was admitted as a member of the Organization of African Unity in 1984 leading to Morocco’s withdrawal.
But Morocco’s triumphal return to the African Union was preceded with a motion submitted by 28 states asking the AU to freeze the Polisario’s membership.
Support for Morocco’s territorial integrity is a course that is set to continue as more countries in the African Union see the Polisario’s membership as an aberration in contradiction with international law because the Polisario is not a state and lacks state attributes. These include two-thirds of AU countries including African heavy-weights such as Nigeria and Ethiopia.
Meanwhile, Morocco is expanding its influence in the continent through active engagement along a solidarity based African policy yielding projects that address Africa’s pressing issues of economic and human development.