By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, April 28, 2013
A petition has been launched on the social media Facebook Monday, April 22, calling for the replacement of MINURSO member who appeared in a YouTube video inciting the population of the Tindouf camps to revolt against Morocco.
The petitioners created a Facebook page called “Petition to replace MINURSO, Hany Mustapha GO OUT of our Morocco!”
The officer in question is an Egyptian major identified by news websites as Hany Mustafa Hamad Ali.
Speaking the Egyptian dialect, the officer was filmed in a tent addressing young pro-Polisario Sahrawis claiming that “the land is your land and no one will take it away from you,” while making references to the Egyptian revolution, and urging them to revolt.
The officer assured the young separatists that “the budget of MINURSO shouldn’t be a problem for you since it is in your favor,” responding to a question phrased in Spanish by a young man with a dark green scarf questioning the huge chasm between the big budget allotted for MINURSO and that of the camps.
The petition posted a question on its fan page reading “Do you think that only Hany Moustapha practice propaganda within the MINURSO?”
One of the answers reads: “Hany is but the tip of the iceberg.”
By taking sides with the Polisario the Egyptian peacekeeper violates one of the three basic principles of UN Peacekeeping Missions, which is impartiality.
According to the UN Peacekeeping rules of engagement “Impartiality is crucial to maintaining the consent and cooperation of the main parties, but should not be confused with neutrality or inactivity. United Nations peacekeepers should be impartial in their dealings with the parties to the conflict, but not neutral in the execution of their mandate.”
“Notwithstanding the need to establish and maintain good relations with the parties, a peacekeeping operation must scrupulously avoid activities that might compromise its image of impartiality. A mission should not shy away from a rigorous application of the principle of impartiality for fear of misinterpretation or retaliation,” reads the website of the UN Peacekeeping Missions.
“Failure to do so may undermine the peacekeeping operation’s credibility and legitimacy, and may lead to a withdrawal of consent for its presence by one or more of the parties,” it adds.
It is worth mentioning that no disciplinary measures or statement have been issued by the MINURSO or Egypt regarding the video of the Egyptian officer taking side with the Polisario.
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