New York - The United Nations Security Council has once again refused to get involved in the dispute that is pitting Morocco against United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.
New York – The United Nations Security Council has once again refused to get involved in the dispute that is pitting Morocco against United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.
During the second closed-door meeting it held on Thursday afternoon, the 15-member body has adopted “press elements” on the current row between Rabat and the UN Secretariat.
According to UN experts contacted by Morocco World News in New York, the text adopted by the Security Council is another setback for Ban Ki-moon and shows clearly that its members have no willingness to get involved in the dispute or take side for the UN chief.
“The Security Council could have supported the UNSG, but it made clear that it does not want to get involved,” a UN expert told Morocco World News on the condition of anonymity.
The “press elements,” which were read by SC President, Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins (Angola), point that the “the Security Council has discussed the departure earlier this month of 73 personnel from MINURSO’s civilian staff.”
‘The members of the council have taken due note of the Secretariat briefing on the impact that a continuation of this situation could have on the effective functioning of the mission,” according to the same document.
“The outcome of the meeting is very disappointing for the UN Secretariat,” the same UN expert added.
Adopting “press elements” is the lowest outcome Ban Ki-moon could hope for and indicates that the Security Council has completely let him down.
“The council could have adopted a resolution to condemn Morocco or if not then a presidential statement. What is more troubling is the fact that it did not even adopt a press statement,” another UN expert told Morocco World News.
The “press elements” read by the President of the Security Council contains no criticism of Morocco’s position to evacuate 84 of MINURSO’s staff.
Another source that followed the developments of the deliberations told Morocco World News that the Moroccan Mission to the United Nations was “very pleased” with the outcome of the meeting.
Following its weekly council meeting, the Moroccan government said on Thursday that its decisions regarding MINURSO’s staff are “irreversible,” adding that they are “proportional to serious blunders of the Secretary General of the UN who have violated the territorial integrity and the Moroccan people.”
During his recent trip to the Tindouf camps earlier this month, Ban Ki-moon described Morocco’s presence in the Western Sahara as “occupation,” a term that had never been used by a UN chief or in UN parlance.
The statement caused the ire of the Moroccan government, which denounced the UN chief’s statement and accused him of siding with the Algeria-backed Polisario.