During a follow-up meeting of the “Tangier Appeal”, organized on the sidelines of the MEDays Forum, five former African foreign ministers signed this “Appeal”, initiated on November 4, 2022 in Tangier.
These are Messrs. David J. Francis, Urbino Botelho, Ezechiel Nibigira, Albert Mabri Toikeusse and Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, respectively former head of diplomacy of Sierra Leone, Sao Tome & Principé, Burundi, Côte d’Azur Ivory and Senegal, initiator of regional round tables on the subject of the expulsion of the pseudo “SADR” from the African Union.
This brings to 23 the number of signatories of the “Tangier Appeal” since its launch a year ago.
On this occasion, the signatories of the “Tangier Appeal” welcomed the continental impact and the dynamic generated by this initiative and expressed their desire to further strengthen them while reiterating their commitment to continue working for ” the urgent exclusion” of the pseudo “SADR”, a non-state entity, from the African Union.
The growing commitment in Africa in favor of the Moroccan character of the Sahara was also welcomed by the signatories, who stressed that the multiplication of consulates general in Dakhla and Laâyoune testifies to the vitality of pan-African dialogue and the common desire to overcome divisions, inherited from a bygone era, to build a prosperous future in Africa.
The signatories also welcomed the content of Resolution 2703 of the United Nations Security Council, recognizing that the Sahara conflict can only be resolved through a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution, and promoting pragmatism, realism and spirit of compromise, which characterizes the Moroccan autonomy plan.
Likewise, they reaffirmed their full support for the Moroccan Autonomy Plan as the only solution for the definitive resolution of the regional dispute around the Moroccan Sahara. While welcoming the international support that it continues to garner, they called on the African and international community to fully adhere to the Moroccan Autonomy Plan to put an end to this conflict which has lasted too long.
The signatories of the “Tangier Appeal” also reiterated their full commitment and their total mobilization for the achievement of the objective of the expulsion of the pseudo “SADR” from the African Union, an essential prerequisite for the return of impartiality and credibility of the Pan-African Organization on the question of the Moroccan Sahara.