New York - The statements made by the UNSC president on Thursday to the press concerning the Moroccan Sahara issue reflect the wisdom of UNSC members, Morocco's permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Omar Hilale said.
New York – The statements made by the UNSC president on Thursday to the press concerning the Moroccan Sahara issue reflect the wisdom of UNSC members, Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Omar Hilale said.
Morocco, which takes note of these press statements, has since, the outset of this crisis, been in permanent contact with all UNSC members, individually, whether in New York, Rabat or in their respective capitals, Hilale told MAP.
Hilale also underlined that Morocco remains open to constructive, responsible and comprehensive dialogue to overcome causes underlying the current crisis.
On Thursday, the Security Council sent a clear message to the Ban Ki-moon and the UN Secretariat that it is not willing to get involved in the personal row pitting the UN chief against Morocco.
The “press elements” that the President of the Security Council read out to the press following Thursday’ meeting did not live up to Ban Ki-moon’s hope to receive the backing of the 15-member body in his dispute with Rabat.
Analysts say the decision adopted by the Security Council is a huge setback for Ban Ki-moon, who seems to be increasingly isolated.
Tension between Rabat and the UN Secretariat reached an unprecedented level when Ban Ki-moon described Morocco’s presence in the Western Sahara as “occupation.”
The statement caused the anger of Rabat, who accused the UN chief of bias in favor of the Algeria-backed Polisario Front, and of “departing from his impartiality and neutrality.”