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Morocco asks UN to pull over 80 staff out of Sahara mission
Morocco has asked the United Nations to withdraw over 80 international staff from its Western Sahara mission amid Rabat’s anger over UN chief’s controversial remarks about the contested region.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday that Morocco had handed the world body a list of 84 staff it wants withdrawn within three days.
The spokesman also noted that three of the people on the list submitted by the Moroccan authorities were affiliated with the African Union (AU) and the rest were UN staff.
“All of these measures would seriously impede the functioning of MINURSO (the UN Western Sahara mission),” Dujarric said.
Diplomatic sources say UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman is set to brief the Security Council on the situation later on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar has threatened to take further measures in retaliation for Ban Ki-moon’s description of Moroccan rule over Western Sahara as an “occupation.” Rabat has accused the UN secretary-general of no longer being neutral over the issue.
Morocco’s government on Tuesday also threatened to pull out of UN peacekeeping missions in protest at Ban’s comments.
Following the UN chief’s remarks earlier this month, in a statement released by the official MAP news agency, Rabat criticized the “unjustified gestures of deference” by Ban. The statement further warned that the UN’s “no longer neutral” stance could “jeopardize the process.”
On Sunday, protesters gathered in Rabat to express their anger at Ban’s recent use of the word “occupation” regarding Morocco’s presence in the territory.
The demonstrators, who were chanting slogans like “the Sahara is ours,” were led by political parties, unions, and non-governmental groups.
The government in Rabat and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front, which claims the disputed territory belongs to ethnic Sahrawis, have failed to reach an agreement despite a UN-brokered ceasefire in 1991.
For decades, the UN has been seeking to hold a referendum on independence for the territory, which was annexed by Morocco after Spain withdrew from the country back in 1975.
This is while Rabat has proposed increased autonomy for the territory under its sovereignty.
Un have never been able to solve any problem
Instead UN was a suitable tool to put embargos sufference in many nations
UN is used by the 5 permanent menbers to limit free nations sovranity.
WESTER SAHARA is a geografical name for a region that always been part of MOROCCO
Seems like UN has different definitions for the term “Occupation” and the definitions are used, or not used, according to how UN chief feels on any given day or where the orders come from. Hello Ban guy, hello, Israel is stealing land and occupying another nation, hellllo