At the end of a four-day official visit to Morocco, President Ahmed Sekou Toure has condemned 'outside interference' in African disputes.
At the end of a four-day official visit to Morocco, President Ahmed Sekou Toure has condemned 'outside interference' in African disputes. After talks with Morocco's King Hassan, the two heads of state issued a communique saying that 'African problems should be settled by the African states themselves'. Earlier, President Toure found time for some sightseeing.
SYNOPSIS: From the Royal Palace in Rabat, a motorcade carried him on a trip through the streets of the city. Rabat is Morocco's capital although its population is less than a third of Casablanca's -- the country's biggest city. President Toure also visited Marrakesh, Fez and Safi.
A guard of honour was waiting when Crown Prince Sidi Mohammed, acting as guide, and President Toure arrived at the tomb of King Mohammed the Fifth. Guinea's head of state had several private meetings with King Hassan, during which they discussed a wide range of African affairs. In all, three new agreements between the two countries were signed, covering trade and tariffs, cultural and scientific exchanges, and economic and technical cooperation. The accords were signed by the two countries' Foreign Ministers, M'hamed Boucetta of Morocco and Fily Cissoko of Guinea. But the most urgent problems discussed was the guerrilla war being waged in the Western Sahara by the Polisario Front.
The communique issued by King Hassan and President Sekou Toure, condemning outside interference in a country's affairs, was taken to refer to the Polisario conflict. Guinea is a member of a committee formed by the Organisation of Africa Unity to examine the situation in the Western Sahara. In their statement, they reaffirmed their desire for a peace agreement which would respect the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of states involved. Spain ceded the Western Sahara to Morocco and Mauritania three years ago.
But the Polisario Front, allegedly supported by Algeria, has fought for independence and no solution has been found, despite the mediation of countries like Guinea. Later President Toure planned to visit Iraq, Syria and Libya.