calls for Morocco to be identified as “directly and solely responsible” for the situation
The leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, has “vigorously” denounced the “complicit silence” of the United Nations prior to the collapse of the ceasefire in Western Sahara and called for Morocco to be identified as “directly and solely responsible” for the recovery in the conflict, in the zone.
“The Polisario Front strongly condemns the complicit silence of the United Nations General Secretariat and its unjustified reluctance to call things by their name and identify the Moroccan occupying state as directly and solely responsible for the violation of the ceasefire,” he said in a letter the UN Secretary General António Guterres.
He rejects the “selective and limited version of the events” presented in the last UN situation report and points out that “it is undeniable that it was the Moroccan occupying forces that violated the 1991 ceasefire and the military agreements”. .
Ghali has stressed that this violation of the ceasefire was caused by the invasion of the Moroccan military “into the then buffer zone in the Guerguerat region, in the liberated areas of Western Sahara,” according to the Sahrawi news agency SPS.
On the other hand, he reiterated that “the violent and well-documented attack by Moroccan forces” a few days earlier against a group of Sahrawi civilians who had taken part in a protest in the Guerguerat area – on the border – cannot be denied. with Mauritania – against the Moroccan occupation.
Ghali, who is also President of the Sahara Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), argued in his letter to Guterres that these situations “forced” the forces of the Polisario Front to face this Moroccan aggression in self-defense and to protect civilians, who have been evacuated to safer places. “
Western Sahara is listed as a non-autonomous territory of the United Nations until an agreed agreement – or even a referendum – has not yet arrived. The last rapprochement between the parties came from Koehler’s hand, although at the time neither the Moroccan authorities nor the Polisario Front broke away from their respective positions.
The former Spanish colony of Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco in 1975 despite resistance from the Polisario Front. The 1991 armistice was signed with a view to holding a self-determination referendum, but differences over the preparation of the census and the involvement of Moroccan settlers have so far prevented its convocation.