Rabat - A video posted on YouTube shows the undiplomatic way in which Ban Ki-moon welcomed Morocco’s Foreign Minister on Monday at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Rabat – A video posted on YouTube shows the undiplomatic way in which Ban Ki-moon welcomed Morocco’s Foreign Minister on Monday at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Contrary to diplomatic practice, the UN chief greeted the Moroccan Foreign Minister without the respect due to the representative of a member state.
There was no exchange of words between the UN chief and his Moroccan guest who looked to be shocked by the less-than-professional way in which Ban Ki-moon received him.
During the meeting, the UN chief expressed his anger and disappointment with Morocco for the March in which three millions of Moroccans participated last Sunday to protest against the statement he made during his trip to the Tindouf camps on March 5.
During his tour in the region, Ban Ki-moon described Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara as ‘Occupation,” which stoked the ire of Rabat and the Moroccan people.
Analysts say Ban Ki-moon’s expression of anger and disappointment is unworthy of an UN Secretary General.
A UN expert, who chose to speak on the condition of anonymity, told Morocco World News that Ban Ki-moon’s statements are dangerous and unprecedented, as they infringe on people’s universal right to protest peacefully and run against the principle of the United Nations he is supposed to uphold.
“I never heard this Secretary General or any other UNSG before him or any high ranking international public servant criticize people for protesting,” the UN expert told MWN.
“This is even worse, because people protested against his remarks. So his complaint basically means ‘nobody can disagree with me.’ This is bad coming from a dictator, but coming from the UNSG ins bad and ridiculous,” he added.