S.Africa Backs Western Sahara Independence At Talks
Fakhir Rizvi 4 years ago Fri 06th January 2017 | 08:20 PM
PRETORIA, Jan 6, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 06th Jan, 2017 ) - South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday held talks in Pretoria with the leader of Western Sahara's Polisario Front independence movement, in a show of support for the territory's struggle against Morocco.
Brahim Ghali was making his first visit to South Africa -- a long-time ally of Western Sahara -- since he was elected in July. Morocco insists the sparsely-populated desert region is an integral part of the kingdom, despite UN resolutions to hold a referendum on self-determination.
"It is unfathomable that Western Sahara... still remains colonised," Zuma said. "We remain committed to continue to walk with the people of Western Sahara until you are free to live in your own land and able to determine your own future.
But Morocco is now lobbying to return to the AU. "The Sahrawi people are struggling to recover the total sovereignty of their state, of all their national territory," Ghali told reporters. "We are unfortunately confronting military occupation from the neighbouring state, the kingdom of Morocco." Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, was annexed by Morocco in 1975.