In the first official reaction to the letters sent by Morocco to the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations regarding violations and provocations by the Polisario in the buffer zone and the eastern defense system, the United Nations confirmed that its mission in the Sahara “did not notice anything amounting to the level of violation by the Front of the cease” he said.
The content of the letters addressed to the Security Council and the Secretary-General emphasized that the recent actions of the Polisario were “in flagrant violation of the provisions of resolution 2414 of 27 April 2018, in which the Security Council ordered the Polisario to immediately withdraw from the buffer zone and ordered it to refrain from acts of destabilization by moving structures Administrative to the eastern defense system in the Moroccan Sahara.”
In response to Morocco’s protest, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, gave a strong blow to Moroccan diplomacy, which is expected to provoke many official reactions, noting that the United Nations Mission in the Sahara (MINURSO) was present in both alleged cases Morocco, and did not notice anything that could constitute a violation under the provisions of the conventions in force.
Spokesman for Antonio Guterres, told a press conference in New York that the UN mission in Sahara “is reporting in the event of any breach of the region identified as violations of the agreements in progress with the parties to the conflict for immediate action.”
The United Nations observer in the Sahara “is an effective process to prevent any clashes between Morocco and the Polisario and to maintain the cease-fire since the signing between the parties.”
The Secretary-General’s spokesman confirmed that the United Nations had received a letter of protest from Omar Hilal, Ambassador Permanent Representative of Morocco in the United Nations, in which he reported violations of the cease-fire and agreements related to the Sahara issue. “But, as you know, the allegations by both parties are carried out by MINURSO in the field, based on the neutral monitoring and control functions of our desert colleagues.”
According to these clarifications, the United Nations does not consider the area of Mheirez located in the eastern defense system in the Sahara to be within the buffer zone, as is the case for the Guerguarat and other areas, which requires Morocco to fight new battles to include Mheirez within the territories where there should be no Change can affect its historical and legal status.
On January 6, Polisario armed militias organized military maneuvers and combat exercises with heavy equipment and live ammunition in the town of Mheirez. A few days ago, it began to transfer alleged “administrative structures” to the town itself. Morocco also monitored the deployment of Polisario two military vehicles in the buffer zone of the ankles.
Rabat firmly condemned these steps as “threatening the security and stability of the region,” violating military agreement No. 1 and seriously threatening the cease-fire, “asserting that it” represents a clear insult to the Security Council and a challenge to its authority.
It is noteworthy that this is not the first time that Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, ignored the movements of the Polisario in the region which was a subject of Moroccan protest. Notice that he has been denied, in April 2018, the storming elements of the front area Mahbas, despite there are pictures showing that.