Morocco World News
New York, April 23, 2013
The United States has withdrawn its proposal to include a human rights monitoring organism in the Sahara after a fierce opposition from Morocco and the lobbying of other members of the Group of Friend of the UN Secretary General on the Western Sahara, trusted diplomatic sources told Morocco World News on Tuesday in New York.
Diplomatic sources acquainted with the issue of the Sahara told MWN on Monday in New York “there are positive signs indicating that the draft resolution proposed by the United States won’t be adopted as it was at first version”, adding that the members of the Security Council are keen on keeping the same consensus that marked the resolutions adopted in recent years on the issue.
The same source who attended the briefing presented by the UNSG Personal Envoy to the Sahara, Christopher Ross, to the 15-council members, added that the atmosphere of the briefing was rather positive and none of the council members mentioned the question of the human rights monitoring mechanism in the Sahara suggested in the first draft resolution presented by the United States.
He went on to say that the members of the council praised the progress accomplished by Morocco in terms of human rights in recent years.
“This is a missed opportunity and it’s disappointing to see the US retreat in the face of Moroccan overreaction,” said Philippe Bolopion, UN specialist for Human Rights Watch, which has lobbied for the rights mandate, was quoted by AFP as saying
“The compromise reached this year will not be sustainable unless Morocco allows UN rights experts to visit Western Sahara on a regular basis, and Algeria allows them to do the same in the Polisario-run camps around Tindouf,” he added.
An Egyptian member of the MINURSO appears in a video taking side with the Polisario and telling a group of Pro-Polisario activists that the “Sahara is their and they have to exploit any means at their disposal to prove the righteousness of their position”.
This position has to be exploited, this territory is your s and nobody should take it away from you”, says the member of the MINURSO in a blatant violation of the neutrality that any UN member must observe when taking part in a UN mission.
This video comes to reinforce the suspicion of the Moroccan authorities regarding the impartiality of this UN mission and explains why Rabat flatly rejects that the later includes a human rights monitoring mechanism as called for by the Polisario and its backers, chief of which Algeria and South Africa, as well as a number of so-called human rights activist.
By taking sides with the Polisario the Egyptian peacekeeper violates one of the three basic principles of UN Peacekeeping Missions, which is impartiality.
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