In a press conference after the weekly government council, El Khalfi said that Polisario’s provocations in Western Sahara “are a desperate attempt that is doomed to fail like those that preceded it.”
The spokesperson said that Morocco’s accumulated diplomatic achievements in the last few years caused Polisario to act out.
El Khalfi listed some of Morocco’s achievements, including the support several countries expressed for Morocco’s territorial integrity at the 4th Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.
The official also recalled the European Union’s stance on the inclusion of the waters off Western Sahara in its fisheries agreement with Morocco
El Khalfi said that the EU’s position is moving in the “right direction and is developing significantly.”
In July, Morocco and the EU agreed to sign a new fisheries agreement after their previous deal expired.
Yesterday, local media reported that Polisario members assaulted a MINURSO-controlled area in Mijek in Western Sahara.
Polisario’s move comes at a sensitive time. The Security Council will meet on October 29 to decide whether to extend the mandate of the UN mission in Western Sahara.
The action also followed invitations from the UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, to Morocco, Polisario, Mauritania, and Algeria to take part in roundtable talks in Geneva in December.
Algeria has announced that it will join the roundtable as an observer and not a main party to the conflict, a response that Morocco will not accept.
In the press conference, El Khalfi said that Kohler sent Algeria the same invitation he sent to Morocco.
He recalled that “any violation of [the ceasefire] puts the Polisario, and behind it Algeria, in confrontation not only with Morocco, but also with the UN.”