New York - With the ongoing crisis between Morocco and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Moroccan media are on the lookout for any new information to keep Moroccan readers up-to-date with the latest developments on the matter.
New York – With the ongoing crisis between Morocco and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Moroccan media are on the lookout for any new information to keep Moroccan readers up-to-date with the latest developments on the matter.
In this frenzy of competition between news outlets to publish scoops about the conflict, some journalists present their readers with inaccuracies that do a disservice to Morocco.
Information that caught our attention on Tuesday was that the “Security Council” considers to conduct a review of MINURSO’s mandate. The problem is that the journalist who wrote this “news” did not distinguish between the entities that represent the United Nations and others that do not represent it.
A case in point is that of Security Council Report. The information published on the website of Security Council Report does not represent the views of the United Nations Security Council, nor do they represent the United Nations as a whole.
Security Council Report is a New York-based NGO that reports and provides analysis about the activities and daily agenda of the Security Council. It is the most trusted NGO that reports about the behind-doors deliberations of the UN Security Council. It also offers its readership different scenarios that can be envisaged in the negotiations taking place in the UN executive body regarding the topics on its agenda.
As part of the its daily work, Security Council Report reports every year about the latest developments regarding the Western Sahara.
Earlier this month, it published a report where it predicted some of the scenarios or options that the Security Council may consider regarding the ongoing crisis between Morocco and the UN chief Ban Ki-moon following the controversial remarks he made last month in the Tindouf camps.
Among the scenarios envisaged by the New York-based NGO, it said there are chances that the UN Security Council might conduct a review of MINURSO’s mandate.
“Looking at the situation as a whole, and perhaps with a renewed sense of urgency to resolve the political stalemate, a further option would be for the Council to engage in a comprehensive review of the framework that it provided for the negotiating process in 2007, as recommended by the Secretary-General in his 2014 report.”
Being in hurry to publish a scoop, some news outlets rushed to claim that these are the predictions of the UN Security Council itself.
However, in order to present the Moroccan reader with accurate information, one should point out that the scenario predicted by Security Council Report does not represent what in reality is the position of the 15-member body, no is it the official website of UNSC.
When there are deliberations about any given topic on the UNSC agenda, they are usually kept secret until the President of the Council briefs the press about them. It is not a UN practice that the UNSC publishes its position or possible actions it may take about the topics it has on its agenda ahead of a meeting or official consideration.