Rabat – The Polisario Front announced its intention to stage provocative maneuvers in Bir Lehlou and Tifarity, two buffer zones located in northeastern Western Sahara. Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, however, reports that these announcements are only an attention grab that uses Algerian media to publicize its ploy.
The main objective of the separatist group is to provoke the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) after having lost “all legitimacy on the ground in the Tindouf camps and to mislead families restrained in the Algerian soil,” added the news source.
The separatist group has staged several illegal maneuvers in the buffer zone of Guerguerat, resulting in condemnation from both the Moroccan government and the United Nations Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Antonio Guterres.
Moroccan political analyst El Moussaoui Al Ajlaoui told the news source that “this Polisario maneuver has only been mounted for media purposes without any impact on the group.”
El Ajlaoui added that the separatist front is seeking the attention of the United Nations and international public opinion.
The illegal maneuvers carried out in the buffer zones of Guerguerat are defying the decisions of the United Nations. These illegal activities, however, may reinforce Morocco’s stance in the report prepared by the UNSG Personal Envoy Horst Kohler on the Western Sahara conflict. Kohler will submit his final report to the UN Security Council in Early April.
In a recent interview with MWN, Moroccan political analyst Reda El Fellah said that Polisario’s military illegal armed operations near the buffer zone of Guerguerat mirror “the state of despair” within both Polisario and its backer, Algeria.