PRETORIA (South Africa)- South Africa's ruling party African National Congress (ANC) pledges Sunday to make of 2017 a year of support to the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) at the African Union (AU) and to intensify efforts in this respect at both continental and international levels, media reported.
In a document about the party's foreign policy for 2017, which will be presented at the next annual meeting, the ANC stressed that "Western Sahara people's struggle for self-determination and independence will remain one of the party's priorities."
South Africa's ruling party announced the launch of an international campaign to "denounce Morocco's hindrances to the implementation of the resolutions issued by the United Nations and the African Union" in relation to Western Sahara conflict.
The ANC added that "all options are possible, including the isolation of the Moroccan regime."
The African National Congress expressed wish that Morocco's joining of the African Union would "contribute to the intensification of efforts for the decolonization of Western Sahara."
Western Sahara was added in 1966 to the UN list of non-autonomous territories, about which the UN General Assembly issued Resolution 1514 that includes the Declaration on Granting Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.
Western Sahara is the last remaining colony in Africa, as it has been under Moroccan occupation since 1975 with the support of France.
ALGIERS- The secretary general of South-Africa's National African Congress (ANC), Gwede Mantas, said Friday in Algiers that his party was convinced of the fairness of the Saharawi cause, stressing Western Sahara people's right to self-determination and independence.
"After they enquired about the situation in occupied Western Sahara, the ANC representatives are convinced of the need to speed up the holding of a referendum on Saharawi people's self-determination, as stipulated in UN resolutions and decisions," Mantashe told reporters following a meeting with the secretary general of the National Liberation Front (FLN), Amar Saadani.
Mantashe called "all African countries and the international community to continue their support to Saharawi people's right to freedom and independence, as Western Sahara is Africa's last colony."
The ANC leading member said "what western media call 'Arab Spring' was behind the fall of many Arab countries, like Libya and Syria, and has sparked tension in many African nations, such as Mali and Nigeria."
Mantashe recalled the struggle of his party against Apartheid and racial segregation for more than 80 years, calling for facing "external greed, by boosting solidarity among African countries."