RABAT Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has called on the United Nations to just take “urgent measures” pursuing months of tensions with the Polisario independence movement in the disputed Western Sahara region.
The king talked with U.N. Secretary Typical Antonio Guterres, denouncing the Polisario Entrance, which for decades has sought self-willpower for the desert region, in accordance to a royal cupboard statement on MAP point out news agency late Friday.
Throughout a telephone phone, King Mohammed pointed to the “repeated incursion of armed Polisario aspects and their acts of provocation” in Guerguerat, an spot in disputed Western Sahara around Mauritania.
Polisario declared an unbiased republic in the disputed desert land in the 1970s and fought a guerrilla war with Morocco right up until a 1991 ceasefire. The group accuses Rabat of breaking the terms of the ceasefire past year by hoping to develop a highway in the U.N. buffer zone. Morocco suggests it was just a highway clearing procedure that broke no terms of the ceasefire.
The standoff in Guerguerat past year forced U.N. troops to phase in after Moroccan gendarmerie crossed previous an earthen wall marking Moroccan-controlled areas and the Polisario responded in sort. Their units continue being facing every single other less than a kilometer apart.
Throughout the phone with Guterres, the king described the circumstance as “critically threatening the ceasefire and putting regional security at risk”.
For the Polisario Entrance, Morocco is to blame for what they explain as a “vital and harmful circumstance”.
“Morocco would like to assemble this highway in Guerguerat that entails the annexation of territory that is beyond the Moroccan wall,” the Polisario Entrance Coordinator with the U.N., M’hamed Khadad, explained to Reuters. “It is Morocco that ought to just take entire duty for this disaster.”
Abundant in phosphate, Western Sahara has been contested since 1975 when Spanish colonial powers left. Morocco claimed the territory and fought the 16-year war with Polisario just before signing the U.N. ceasefire that foresaw a referendum on self-willpower. But that vote has hardly ever took place.
(Reporting by Samia Errazzouki enhancing by Patrick Markey and Angus MacSwan)