Morocco denounces delays to join the AU
The torch burns between the African Union and Morocco wanting to integrate the organization. The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued on Wednesday evening a virulent statement accusing the president of the AU Commission of putting the sticks in the wheels of the kingdom. According to the statement, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma employs maneuvers to “obstruct” the return of the kingdom within the continental organization.
The President of the Commission is accused, in this communique, of delaying “unjustifiably” the diffusion of the application of Moroccan membership to the member of the AU. In mid-July, King Mohammed VI wished his country to return to the organization as soon as possible. The formal application for membership was therefore made in September.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma “is failing in its duty of neutrality and does not respect the rules of the AU,” said Rabat. Morocco considers that it has the full support of a large majority of member states. Indeed, it has carried out in the last months a vast diplomatic offensive for this purpose since the return of Morocco to the AU must be validated by a majority of two thirds, ie 36 African countries out of the 54 that count the organization .
This return revives a form of deaf war between Algeria and Morocco on the issue of Western Sahara. It was also the adhesion of the Saharawi Republic which had prompted Rabat to leave the organization in 1984. Behind the “maneuvers” evoked by Rabat, it is once again, Algeria is pointed finger. It would have blown Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the need to make a “political examination” of the Moroccan application before deciding on admissibility.