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Guterres Urges Polisario to Refrain from Violating UN Security Council Resolutions

Guterres Urges Polisario to Refrain from Violating UN Security Council Resolutions
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Rabat – In response to Polisario’s repeated violations east Morocco’s defense structure, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed that any action undertaken in the region “may constitute a change to the status quo.”

On Saturday, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it had informed the relevant UN bodies of the “illegal” actions of Polisario east of the defense wall, which constitute a violation of the 1991 ceasefire agreement and the UN Security Council resolution 2414.

The Moroccan condemnation has not gone unnoticed. UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric announced that the UN chief “is closely following the developments in Western Sahara.”

In response to Polisario’s continuous illegal maneuvers, the UN official’s statement added that Guterres is calling for “maximum restraint” in order to “maintain an environment conducive to the resumption of dialogue under the auspices of his Personal Envoy Horst Kohler.”

The statement reiterated that no action “should be taken, which may constitute a change to the status quo.”

The UN Security Council adopted resolution 2414 on April 27. In paragraph eight of the resolution, the Security Council expressed its serious concerns regarding Polisario’s intention to “relocate its administrative functions” east Morocco’s defense wall.

These Polisario actions, according to the Security Council, hinder the stability and legal status of the region. The resolution also urged the separatist group to withdraw from Guerguerate.

Morocco expressed strong condemnation of the Polisario Front and its backer Algeria on Saturday evening. In the statement, Morocco said the recent public “revelation of Polisario-Hezbollah collusion embarrassed the separatist group and its supporter, Algeria, and caused them to multiply their illegal actions in the region.”

On May 1, Morocco cut ties with Iran and accused Hezbollah for supporting the Polisario by delivering military equipment and training its members in the Tindouf camps in Algeria.

Morocco also accused its eastern neighbor for being directly involved in the Polisario-Hezbollah collusion.

“Visibly embarrassed by the confirmation of links with the terrorist group Hezbollah, Algeria and the ‘Polisario’ have decided to multiply their irresponsible actions,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.  The ministry warned that Polisario’s actions will hinder the UN-led political process and will seriously undermine the UN effort to bring about a mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict.

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