Western Sahara’s Polisario guerrilla movement is prepared to return to war with Moroccan forces after 25 years of stagnant peace — should diplomatic pressure within the African Union (AU) fail to force its newest member to recognise Sahrawi sovereignty. That is according to Radhi Bachir, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) ambassador to SA. He was speaking at a seminar at the University of Pretoria last week on the future of the area that he considers an independent state but which Morocco considers an inalienable part of its kingdom. Morocco was readmitted to the AU on January 30 after SA, and others that consider Western Sahara to be the last colony in Africa, were outvoted by a Francophone-dominated bloc of 46 countries.

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