Western Sahara: UN voices concerns over security situation

NewYork, September 08, 2016 (SPS)  - United Nations expressed concerns about the situation prevailing in the region of Guerguerat, in the south of occupied Western Sahara, where Morocco's occupation army units face, from a distance of 120 metres, Polisario Front positions, at the risk of confrontation, the UN said Wednesday.

The two camps "have maintained their positions at about 120 metres from each other," despite the mediation efforts of MINURSO (UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara), said the UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

The United Nations fears a "resumption of hostilities, which may have regional implications," he warned.

MINURSO has deployed non-armed military observers and UN officials "have embarked on dialogue with the parties and the directly concerned countries to recommend self-restraint and identify ways and methods to resolve the crisis."

The showdown is taking place in Saharawi territories, beyond the separation wall built by Morocco along 2,500 km, and which is called by the Saharawis "the wall of shame."

In addition, Morocco has launched construction works for a road project on the Saharawi territories, Dujarric added.

UN confidential document submitted, late August, to the Security Council confirms that Morocco has violated the ceasefire agreement of 1991 in Western Sahara by mobilizing armed troops in this area adjoining Mauritania SPS

 

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