Rabat - Polisario militias are still harassing the Moroccan truck drivers in the buffer zone of Guerguerat, in the southernmost part of Western Sahara, in southern Morocco.
Rabat – Polisario militias are still harassing the Moroccan truck drivers in the buffer zone of Guerguerat, in the southernmost part of Western Sahara, in southern Morocco.
A new photo circulating online shows Polisario mercenaries continuing to stage illegal checkpoints in the area, harassing drivers and attempting to hinder trade between Morocco and other African countries.
The photo also shows the mercenaries self-proclaiming themselves “National Gendarmerie” of Polisario, raising the flag of the separatist force.
Last week, Polisario militias have thrown stones at four vehicles, according to a source from Sahara, “With these provocations, the militias of Polisario Front want to disrupt trade between Morocco and Africa by scaring truck drivers,” the source said.
The same source noted that the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) continued to observe and record these illegal actions without intervening.
Given these frequent provocations, Polisario appears to be ignoring the requests made by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who urged both Morocco and Polisario to “exercise maximum restraint and take all necessary steps to avoid escalating tensions.”
To avoid escalation and comply the United Nations’ 1991’s ceasefire agreement, Morocco unilaterally withdrew from the Guerguerat region late February after dispatching police forces to the area last August to combat drug trafficking.
King Mohammed VI called upon the UN’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take urgent and necessary measures to put an end to “an unacceptable situation,” which threatens the UN-brokered ceasefire and stability in the region of Guergarate.