Western Sahara: The African leaders decided the reopening of the AU office in the occupied city of El-Aiún

The African leaders participating, yesterday, in the meeting of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), took several measures to accelerate the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara.

The first measure relates to a request from the two parties to the conflict to return to the negotiations in order to develop a political and peaceful lasting solution to the issue, based on the Article 4 of the Constitutive Charter of the African Union, with an emphasis on the necessity of the decolonization in Western Sahara by enabling the Sahrawi people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence.

Moreover, the African Peace and Security Council decided to reactivate the role of the High Representative of the African Union in charge of the cause of Western Sahara, and to assign him to initiate contacts with the two stakeholders.

The African leaders also agreed to activate the role of the high-level committee of heads of States and Governments on the issue of Western Sahara and to request a legal opinion from the legal advisor of the African Union concerning the “consulates” opened in the occupied territories.

In addition, the commission was mandated to take appropriate measures to reopen the AU office in the occupied city of El-Aiún to enable the African Union to play its role and to request the appointment of the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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