Johannesburg - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday said the protracted humanitarian crisis in Western Sahara's refugee camps was a direct consequence of the delay in finding a lasting solution to the conflict in the North Africa region.
Ramaphosa's comments follow his bilateral meeting with Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic President Brahim Ghali in Pretoria. Ghali is in the country on a working visit.
Upon concluding their meeting, Ramaphosa said a memorandum signed between the two African countries regarding the current conflict and humanitarian crisis provides his country with an opportunity to assist the people of Western Sahara, particularly those who continue to struggle in refugee camps.
"The lack of a solution is also an impediment towards greater regional integration and security cooperation in the Maghreb region," Ramaphosa said in a statement adding "in our discussions, we expressed our full support and confidence in the efforts undertaken by the UN Secretary General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Mr Horst Köhler, to bring the parties together and mobilise the international community to implement all UN resolutions on Western Sahara."
These resolutions were recently adopted in the UN Security Council 2414 programme.