AU sides with Western Sahara on autonomy despite US decision

Western Saharan flag

A man poses with a Western Saharan flag as he takes part in a demonstration in support of the Sahrawi people's rights in Malaga on November 28, 2020.

Photo credit: Jorge Guerrero | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Both Western Sahara and Morocco are members of the AU although Morocco sees Western Sahara as part of its territory.
  • While the region seeks independence, Morocco has argued for some autonomy but while having it run as part of its territory.

The African Union has maintained that the fate of Western Sahara must be decided by a referendum, even after the the US endorsed Morocco's control over the breakaway region.

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