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Date of posting : March 13, 2016

Ban Ki-Moon Comments Infringe International Law, Will Have Impact on Morocco’s position

The comments delivered by UN chief Ban Ki-moon on the Sahara issue infringed international law and will have an impact on Morocco’s position, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation minister Salaheddine Mezouar said here on Friday.


Speaking at a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence committee at the House of Representatives (Lower house) and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, borders, national defense and Moroccan occupied areas at the House of Advisors (Higher house), Mezouar stressed that “what happened infringes the UN principle of impartiality and international law, and will have an impact on the Moroccan position”.


   During the meeting, devoted to the latest developments of the Sahara issue following Ban Ki-moon’s visit in the region, the minister noted that the comments made by the UN Secretary General show that he yielded to blackmail by other parties, in violation of the commitments and the principle of impartiality that the United Nations are required to observe.


   The UN Secretary General must observe the principle of neutrality in order to reach an acceptable political solution and take into consideration the Moroccan autonomy plan, Mezouar said.


   Ban Ki-Moon’s blunders may increase hostilities in the region, he added, noting that the comments delivered showed UN Chief’s sympathy for the other parties and gave credibility to the claims of a “puppet state”.


   Mezouar pointed out that the UN Secretary General used words that have no legal or political basis while calling the recovery by Morocco of its territorial integrity “occupation”.


   Ban Ki-moon’s partiality to other parties is also evidenced by the timing of the visit, he noted, adding that Morocco had proposed November 2015 as a date for the visit, which the UN accepted before retracting, and then January 2016, which was not accepted under the pretext of Ban Ki-moon’s busy agenda.


   The proposal of March as a date for the UN Chief’s visit was rejected by Morocco because of the royal agenda, but the Secretary General insisted on paying the visit at this date despite the refusal of Morocco, the minister recalled.


   The UNSG did not bother to raise the issue of human rights in Tindouf camps, including kidnappings that affected a large number of women sequestered in Tindouf, in addition to the issue of population census in Tindouf camps and the mass embezzlement of humanitarian aid sent to the sequestered people in Tindouf, the minister added.