Attacks on Sahrawi draw Namibia’s ire

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Windhoek - Namibia has added its voice in condemning military attacks launched by Morocco on the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

Both the African Union and United Nations have called for an end to Morocco’s hostilities.

Morocco deployed soldiers on the border with Sahrawi and launched attacks on the pro-independence movement in that country, a move that UN Secretary-General Dr Antonio Guterres said had potential to destabilise an already fragile region.

Sahrawi remains Africa’s last remaining colony after Morocco grabbed its territory in the 1970s. The small country has rich phosphate and fishing resources, which Morocco has forcefully assumed control over.

The continued occupation of Sahrawi, and the latest military actions by Morocco, prompted Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, to call on Rabat to respect a UN-brokered ceasefire.

“We strongly back the statement released by the AU and the UN on the developments in North Africa where a sister country in Morocco has used military force to attack another sister country in Sahrawi.

“We would like to call on Morocco to respect the UN fostered ceasefire and continue to engage. We believe the military solution will not yield any required results in that region,” she said.

“We are very expectant that the UN Secretary-General will send an envoy to the region that will engage with the both parties.”

Reports from Al Jazeera indicate that officials in Morocco are angling for a full military strike to suppress growing calls for independence by the people of Sahrawi.

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