“Without addressing the decolonisation issue, we cannot be assured of silencing the guns in North Africa,” he said affirming his remarks on December 6.
“We can only silence the guns if we are able to stick to those principles of the founding of both the OAU and the AU. The pinnacle of those principles is the question of self-determination. The issue of Western Sahara is nothing more than the colonial question,” he stressed.
He regretted that the mechanism adopted by the African Union (AU) during the 2018 Summit in Nouakchott did not succeed, recalling that “we are now faced with a situation of war rather than peace in Western Sahara. Lesotho recommends that this august Assembly revisit the situation in order to avert bloodshed.”
He further stressed that Lesotho “unequivocally supports the right of the people of Western Sahara to determine their future in line with Security Council Decision on this matter,” considering that “without addressing the decolonisation issue, we cannot be assured of silencing the guns in North Africa. We sincerely hope that the AU can push the UN Secretary General to ensure that arrangements for a referendum to test the views of the people of Western Sahara on their future are made at the earliest.”