Several Canadian personalities have called on US President Joe Biden to support his country’s decision recognizing Morocco’s full sovereignty over its Sahara and to work to put an end to the hellish conditions of Moroccans kidnapped in the Tindouf camps. Think tank Polisens in Ottawa.
“The decision to recognize the sovereignty of Morocco over its Saharan provinces taken by your great nation is another gravitational wave that will resonate for millennia”, indicates the Think tank in a letter addressed to the American president and signed by political personalities and actors of civil society in Canada.
The signatories assure that this recognition is the culmination not of a few years, or of a few decades, but of 300 years which made such an act of just friendship natural.
“The artificial conflict around the Moroccan provinces of the Sahara has lasted too long and undermined the freedom and human dignity of thousands of Moroccans sequestered in the camps of shame in Tindouf on Algerian territory”, they added, noting the urgency of putting an end to this humanitarian ordeal.
“In the name of the values of your great nation and in the name of the lasting friendship between the United States and Morocco, we invite you to exercise your influence to put an end to the hellish conditions in which the Moroccan Sahrawis live on Algerian territory” , pleaded the signatories of the letter.
The claim of Morocco, they assured, is not only a claim of sovereignty, but a question of historical, geographical, political, religious and civilizational legitimacy, the proofs are numerous and cannot be reversed by fallacious allegations and indefensible.
In this regard, they recalled that more than 160 countries do not recognize the Polisario. In addition, the decision of the International Court of October 1975 concluded that links have always existed between the Kingdom and its southern territories, the Moroccan Sahara.
In addition, they said, the autonomy proposal that the Kingdom presented in 2007 is widely applauded by all UN resolutions which qualify it as credible and serious.
“If the resolution of the conflict is deadlocked, it is because Algeria is opposed to it by holding the Moroccans hostage in camps on its territory and by refusing to assume its responsibility in the conflict that it created ”, affirmed the signatories.
They deplored the fact that the fate of the sequestered Moroccans has been ignored, because “they represent only a fraction in the grim calculations of those who profit from the status quo, Algeria”.
The same country, they added, which is responsible for this state of limbo, has not allowed the UN to carry out a census of Moroccans kidnapped on its territory for fear that they will find out the truth, namely that these camps are infested by terrorists.
Morocco, continued Polisens, has called on several occasions to let these Moroccans decide by giving them the choice to join their motherland and allow them access to Moroccan territory, a call that has always been rejected by Algeria.
The region is subject to immense security threats, the Polisario having been singled out for its links with terrorist groups in the sub-Saharan region, he warned, assuring that “it is now clear that the Polisario does not is not an entity representing a cause, but rather a tool cynically used by Algiers ”.
In the meantime, Morocco has ensured that the population of the Moroccan Sahara is duly represented and has set up the necessary organs for this purpose, including the Regional Commission of the National Human Rights Council which fulfills its duties. responsibilities in complete freedom, while ensuring that the population of the southern region benefits fully from its resources.
The authors of the letter further indicated that the application by the United States of the 2008 law on the prevention of child soldiers is an essential tool for inquiring into the fate of the 8,000 Sahrawi child soldiers kidnapped and deported to Cuba since 1982 for ideological indoctrination and military training, while their parents are still victims of blackmail and torture.
Unfortunately, he lamented, these child soldiers are now joining extremist groups in the Sahara. The letter was signed by Jacques Saada, president of the Unified Sephardic Community of Quebec, Avraham Elarar, president of the Sephardic Federation of Canada, Katherine Tokes, CEO of Tokes Consulting Montreal, Simon Keylassi, president of the Moroccan Jewish community of Toronto, Faouzi Metouilli, president of the Moroccan Association in Toronto, Abdelghani Dades, president of the Memoires et Dialogue / Montreal Association, Abdessamad Afsi, president of the Moroccan House Association in Vancouver, Abdeladim Sabr, president of the Moroccan Society from Alberta and Abdelkader Filali, CEO and Founder of Polisens Ottawa.
SL (with MAP)