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.
JOHANNESBURG (South Africa)- The secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC), Gwede Mantashe, expressed his party's unfailing support to Western Sahara people in their fight for the independence of their territory occupied by Morocco since 1975, Saharawi news agency SPS reported Monday.
In a meeting with President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) Brahim Ghali, who wrapped up a visit to South Africa on Sunday, Mantashe said the "African continent will not be free as long as an African country is still occupied by another, in a blatant violation of the African Union's constitutive act."
The South-African official called on "the Kingdom of Morocco to withdraw from Western Sahara" and to "abide by the resolutions of the international legitimacy.
The ANC leader called for "allowing Saharawi people to exert their right to self-determination and independence."
Concerning Morocco's demand to adhere to the African Union, Mantashe said "Morocco cannot be an AU member if it does not comply with the African Union Charter."
Mantashe, in addition, urged for an international campaign for the protection of Saharawi people's natural resources and for boycotting Moroccan and foreign companies operating in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
The president of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, and secretary general of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, was on a three-day working visit to South Africa at the invitation of his South-African counterpart, Jacob Zuma.