The pressure of the political class and solidarity movements in France has increased recently on the ruling party in France, “La Republique En Marche”, after announcing the opening of a party branch in the occupied city of Dakhla, as a prelude to consecrating Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara in a flagrant defiance of relevant international laws and legislation.
In this context, many political parties and influential parliamentary figures in France “strongly criticized” the ruling party, which they accused of taking a “local initiative” that contributed to sparking a diplomatic crisis for France, especially with African countries, which contradicts the statements of President Emmanuel Macron, who has repeatedly emphasized that his country ” seeks to build relations with African countries and rising generations on new and balanced foundations.”
The French Communist Party, which rose up against the decision, reminded that this step contradicts France’s international obligations and contributes to the destruction of international law, whether it is stated in the United Nations regulations, the International Court in The Hague, the African Union or the European Union’s Court of Justice, which confirm “that there is no links of territorial sovereignty between Morocco and Western Sahara.”
In a statement, the Communist Party warned against President Macron’s party’s attempt to impose a fait accompli by opening the French consulate in the occupied Western Sahara region, in a move through which it wants “to ratify the Moroccan colonial occupation of the Saharan lands.”
The deputy of the French Communist Party (PCF), Jean-Paul Lecoq, accused Tuesday the French executive of being behind the scandalous creation by the presidential party “La République en Marche” (LREM) of a branch in the occupied Sahrawi city, Dakhla, denouncing a diplomacy of “cynical compromise” that sacrifices the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination.
In a speech he delivered during a government questioning session, Lecoq described the ruling party’s claims to open a branch for the purpose of communicating with the French community abroad, as “mere attempts to marginalize the Western Sahara issue by France” and as “the biggest evidence of its complicity with the Moroccan occupation.”
The anti-racism movement for friendship between peoples, in a statement, criticized the French position obstructing the settlement process, explaining that Paris “opposes, at UN level, the application of the referendum on self-determination, and worked in preventing the expansion of MINURSO’s mission to include respect for monitoring human rights in the Sahara.
The movement also voiced its “outrage” with France’s support for the settlement plan proposed by Morocco, which does not respect the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination while ignoring the serious human rights violations in the occupied Saharan territories that have recently been condemned by Amnesty International.
The Secretary General of the French Association for Solidarity with African Peoples, Michel Decaster, int the same path of the French political class, downplaying the importance of the decision saying that it “contradicts international legitimacy,” calling for “the need for the case issue to return to the African Union as the Western Sahara remains the last colony on the continent.”
The Secretary General of the French Association for Solidarity with African Peoples highlighted that the rising generations of young people in Africa “will not look positively at such position that denies and obstructs the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination,” while President Macron claims that he is working to “rebuild relations with African countries, and rising generations on new and balanced foundations.
The Association of Friends of SADR in France joined its predecessors, in condemning the move, which it considered a flagrant violation of international law and France’s international obligations, calling on the Secretary-General of the party, Guerini Stanislas, to retreat from this disastrous step.