AU’s response the Morocco’s request to join
AFRICA – First official release of the African Union (AU) since the announcement by Morocco of its desire to join the pan-African body. In a statement issued Tuesday, July 26 on its official website, entitled “Morocco has not participated in the 27th Summit of the African Union and has not spoken”, the AU wants to set the record straight.
Several media have indeed reported that Morocco has actually and officially attended the summit, as several Moroccan officials have traveled to the Rwandan capital, including the Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar. If they are made in Kigali, the AU would recall that there was no official participation of Morocco in the AU summit.
The communiqué of the African Union, however, confirm receipt of the letter of King Mohammed VI by the Chadian president, but says that “this issue (the return of Morocco to the AU, note) was not on the agenda of Summit and has not been discussed during the deliberations of the Conference of heads of State and Government “, since the AU has not received any official request from Morocco to its return to be voted on.
The Commission of the African Union, chaired by South Africa’s Dlamini-Zuma, also held to “remember that the Constitutive Act of the African Union contains no provision for expulsion of any member of the Union “, the letter said, referring to the African Saharawi Democratic Republic (SADR), proclaimed by the Polisario, who joined the AU in 1982, two years before Morocco left the pan-African body.
On July 17, King Mohammed VI officially confirmed the wish of Morocco to return to the African Union. “It is (…) difficult to accept that the kingdom, sustainable and ancient nation, is compared to an entity that has no attribute of sovereignty, devoid of any representation or effectiveness,” he wrote in an official letter delivered to Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, President of the AU.
The next day, 28 member countries of the African Union have sent the Chadian President a motion for the suspension of the SADR of the activities of the AU and its organs. Except this expulsion seems difficult to obtain.
As highlighted in Morocco HuffPost in a previous article, the Constitutive Act of the African Union plans to suspend that member countries whose governments have come to power “by unconstitutional means” and thus “are not not admitted to the Union’s activities “, according to Article 30 of the constitutive Act of the AU.
Idriss Deby Itno, Chadian Head of State and President of the AU, had split the two, claiming on one hand, that if a country like Morocco wants to “return to the family, no one has the right to refuse, “and another that” No AU member country has the right to suspend another country except on one condition, namely the seizure of power by illegal means “.