New York - The United States has dealt a new blow to United Nations Secretary General in his personal feud with Morocco.
New York – The United States has dealt a new blow to United Nations Secretary General in his personal feud with Morocco.
After members of the Security Council showed no support for Ban Ki-moon in dispute with Morocco, the United States has expressed today its support for the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Western Sahara.
A statement made by the spokesperson of the United States’ Mission to the United Nations in New York said that the Washington supports Morocco’s autonomy plan for the disputed territory of Western Sahara, considering it both credible and realistic.
“We consider Morocco autonomy plan serious, realistic, credible, it represents a potential approach that could satisfy the aspirations of Western Sahara,” U.S. mission spokesman Kurtis Cooper said on his Twitter feed .
“We continue to support the U.N.-led process to bring about a peaceful, sustainable, and mutually-agreed solution to conflict in Western Sahara,” he added.
We continue to support the UN-led process to bring about a peaceful, sustainable, and mutually-agreed solution to conflict in #WesternSahara
— Kurtis Cooper (@Kurtis) March 19, 2016
The statement came after United Nations spokesperson, Stephane Dujaricc told reporters on Friday that the UN chief was disappointed with the Security Council for not issuing a strong statement of support for him in his personal feud with Morocco.
The US support comes amid the ongoing dispute between Morocco and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon after the UN chief described Morocco’s presence in the Western Sahara as “occupation.”
The unprecedented statement made by Ban Ki-moon stoked the ire of the Moroccan government, which accused him of bias in favor of the Polisario and of “departing from his neutrality and impartiality.”
On Monday, Morocco’s foreign minister, Saleheddine Mezouar met with the UN chief in the UN headquarters in New York. During the meeting, the head of Moroccan diplomacy conveyed to Ban Ki-moon Rabat’s rejection of his bias in favor of the Polisario.
Mezouar also informed the UN chief of Morocco’s decision to reduce of the presence of the Mission in the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO.