Rabat - On Sunday, the Moroccan parliament strongly voiced its concern over the repeated illegal maneuvers carried out by the Polisario Front in the restricted buffer zones of Western Sahara.
Rabat – On Sunday, the Moroccan parliament strongly voiced its concern over the repeated illegal maneuvers carried out by the Polisario Front in the restricted buffer zones of Western Sahara.
The meeting gathered together parliamentary committees of both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior. Abdelouafi Laftit, Minister of Interior, has reacted strongly to the illegal presence of the Polisario in the UN-administered buffer zones of Guerguerat, Tifariti and Mahbes.
Despite continuous warnings from both the Moroccan government and the several agencies of the United Nations, the separatist group has been carrying out illegal maneuvers that violate the 1991 United Nations ceasefire agreement.
Several parliamentarians expressed their concerns over the situation in the restricted buffer zones.
One member of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), Aziz Benazzouz, described Polisario’s actions as “dangerous.” Hamdi Ould Errachid of the Istiqlal Party told the press that Morocco needs to begin implementing its Autonomy Plan immediately, while PAM’s Adi Bouarfa said that the government “must execute the right to prosecute [Polisario’s] incursions,” noting that Algeria should not ignore the “sacrifices made by the Moroccan people for the independence of Algeria.”
Sources within the parliament told members of the Moroccan press that Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita has informed the parliament about contents of the first draft of the latest report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the Western Sahara question.
In the document, which was received by Morocco World News, Guterres expressed his concern over the precarious situation in the buffer zone of Guerguerat. The UN chief reiterated his firm position, and that of the UN, in opposition to the presence of the separatist group in the buffer zone.
In paragraph 8 of the document, the UNSG reaffirmed his January 6 statement calling for the Polisario to withdraw from the buffer zone, such that the flow of commercial and civil traffic is not hindered and such that no action taken could constitute a change in the status of the buffer zone.
In paragraph 80 of the draft, Guterres condemned the Polisario’s illegal activities in Guerguerat, which violate the UN ceasefire agreement. Guterres then calls on the separatist group to withdraw from the buffer zone “as they did in April 2017.”