The Western Sahara next to the Sahel band, is exposed to the danger of becoming a suitable frame for the extension of the activities of the terrorist nebulous movement Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) which is already well established in the sub-region. The warning comes this time from the Hudson Institute, an American think tank specialized namely in the military, strategic, international relationships and human right issues.
In an analysis published on Thursday, the American Institute warns that it is high time, for the purpose of international peace and security, to find a settlement to the Western Sahara conflict, a region which has become “one of the main fertile land for terrorists activities”.
The writer of the analysis, Ahmed Charai, a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies CSIS), based in Washington, points out that AQMI uses, for its own benefit” a no man’s land in the Sahel which covers the surface between the Maghreb region and the Horn of Africa.
Escaping from abject and inhuman conditions prevailing in Tindouf camps where the Polisario militia are clamping down, thousands of persons “have joined Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), points out the author of the analysis entitled : “to put an end to Al-Qaida in North Africa”.
Facing the failure of UN mediation efforts and in order to reach a diplomatic solution, Ahmed Charai suggests that it is up to UN, the concerned parties and international community donators to “seize the opportunity which may not happen again very soon”. Meanwhile, he thinks that the countries in the region should face together the terrorist threat prevailing in North Africa.
The Maghreb, he notes, does not need having an inept and failing State “ (in the Western Sahara) which would be the region underbelly security. “And the reason would be “the imagination developed by the Polisario regarding the founding of a dictatorship in the desert, combined to an indigent governance system which pushes thousands (of Sahrawis) to escape each year, bringing discredit on the separatists’ claims, cuts short the author of the analysis.
It is a warning which comes at the right time since it coincides with the resuming of informal negotiations about the Sahara, taking place in Manhasset, next to New-York.