By Samir Bennis
By Samir Bennis
Morocco World News
United Nations, NY, May 4, 2012
During today’s Security Council debate on Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts, Morocco voiced its concern over the increase of terrorism activities and growing insecurity in the Sahel.
“Morocco expresses its deep concern over the spread of terrorist activities in its neighboring sub-region,” said Youssef Al Amrani, Morocco’s Minister delegate of Foreign Affairs.
The Minister, spoke during a Security Council’s high level meeting on strengthening international cooperation in the implementation of counter-terrorism obligations, reminding the council that there is an established interconnection between terrorist groups, separatist movement and criminal networks involved in arms, drugs and human trafficking, as well as piracy and kidnapping activities.
This statement appears to be a tacit allusion to the Polisario front, some of whose members are involved in criminal activities.
Over the past year, many news reports as well international pointed to the implication of some Polisario elements in criminal activities related with the kidnapping of Westerners in Mauritania and Mali.
The direct collusion between the Polisario and Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, in these kidnappings was evidenced last October when three humanitarian aid workers were kidnapped in the Rabouni camps in Tindouf.
Two individuals from the Polisario-run Tindouf camps, Mamina Laaguir Abdelaziz Ahmed Baba, 29, and Aghdafna Mohamed Hamadi Ahmed Baba, 32, are believed to have been directly involved in the kidnapping of two Spaniards and one Italian, who were working for NGO’s that provide humanitarian aid to the population living in the camps.
In order to effectively tackle this plague, the minister called on all states concerned to establish a sustainable framework for dialogue, cooperation and solidarity in order to address in “holistic manner” the political, security and human development aspects in the region.
He recalled the efforts being made by Morocco in order to fight all aspects of terrorism in the region. In this regard, he highlighted the firm commitment of the Moroccan government to support all initiatives aiming at, “building genuine partnership and mutual confidence conducive to effective regional and international cooperation.”
Morocco will host the second edition of the regional Ministerial Conference on border security, which will bring together States from the North Africa and the Sahel region. The first such ministerial conference was held last March in Tripoli, Libya.