The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), “condemned the illegal exploitation of natural resources of Western Sahara and considered it a hostile act as a hostile act likely to perpetuate the conflict and colonialism in Western Sahara”, at its 575th meeting, held on 11 February 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This meeting dedicated an open session to the theme: “natural resources and conflicts in Africa”, and adopted a final communiqué on the issue to comment on various subjects related to the theme, including the Moroccan and European/international illegal plunder of the Saharawi resources.
Here is the full paragraph of the communiqué dedicated to Western Sahara resources:
“Council condemned the illegal exploitation of natural resources of Western Sahara and considered it as a hostile act likely to perpetuate the conflict and colonialism in Western Sahara. In this regard, Council reiterated the relevant decisions of the United Nations and the African Union, in particular decision Assembly /AU/Dec.583(XXV) adopted by the Assembly at its 25th Ordinary Session, urging the UN Security Council to fully assume its responsibilities, as well as effectively address the issues of the respect of human rights and the illegal exploitation of the Territory’s natural resources.”
Moreover, the “Council also urged international partners, transnational corporations, private sector, civil society organizations and other stakeholders, to support the promotion of transparency, equity and development-oriented governance of natural resources in Africa, in a manner that contributes to prevention or resolution of conflicts in the continent. Council encouraged Members States to exchange best practices in exploitation and trade of natural resources that contribute to enhancing conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction and development in Africa.”
To read the full communiqué on the PSC web page: