Independent Saharawi state is prerequisite for Africa’s future development, says diplomat

Boumerdes (Algeria), Aug 8, 2014 (SPS) - The Chargé d’Affaires of the Zimbabwean Embassy in Algiers Mr. Kossam Mupezeni said that an independent and sovereign Saharawi state is a “prerequisite” for future development of the African continent, reaffirming his country’s support to the right of the Saharawi people to freedom and independence.
“Once independent and sovereign, Western Sahara could unleash the full potential for the benefit of Africa,” said Mr. Mupezeni, in an interview with SPS.
The Zimbabwean diplomat, who was invited to the opening of the 5th SADR Cadres Summer University, indicated that the Saharawi people constitute “an important part of Africa.”
He also emphasized that African capacity “is not yet realized until the Saharawi people enjoy freedom and sovereignty.”
“Western Sahara is a country rich in culture, mineral resources and human capital,” pointed out the Zimbabwean diplomat, adding that such wealth “can only be unleashed when the Saharawi people attain their independence.”
In relevant context, Mr. Mupezeni stated that his country (Zimbabwe) continues to support the Saharawi people in their struggle for freedom and independence,
Noting that no nation should be denied its right to self-determination, he pointed out that the Saharawi people have been denied this right.
“We will not rest in Zimbabwe until our comrades and brothers in Western Sahara also attain independence,” said Zimbabwe Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, highlighting that the Saharawi people “deserve independence which they have been fighting for a very long time.”
He, moreover, hailed the holding of a summer university for cadres of the Saharawi Republic (SADR), underlying that it empowers the Saharawi youth, which are a guarantee for a future independent Saharawi state. (SPS)