Morocco and South Africa renew war of words over Western Sahara

Published: 15/Apr/2020
Source: Daily Maverick (South Africa)

by Peter Fabricius

Pretoria is not happy with a Moroccan article condemning its ‘sclerotic, ideological position’ on what it calls ‘the last colony on the African continent’.

A new spat has erupted between South Africa and Morocco in their long-running feud about the political status of the Western Sahara, which Morocco claims as its southern province but which South Africa and the African Union recognise as an independent, though occupied, country, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

The latest row was sparked by an article by the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP) which said that South Africa had been completely isolated during a UN Security Council meeting on the Western Sahara in New York on April 9 last week because of its “sclerotic ideological position” on the issue.

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Regions: Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara)
Year: 2020