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Date of posting : May 3, 2017

Foresight of HM the King Was Decisive in Managing Guerguarat Problem

The foresight of HM King Mohammed VI was decisive in managing the problem of the Guerguarat area, putting the other parties under the full weight of their responsibility, said, Saturday, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

“The decisions taken and their timing have been decisive in creating an environment where the UN Security Council has distinguished between those who act constructively and those who attempt to manipulate and defy the Council and international legality,” Bourita told the press following the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2351 (2017) on the Sahara issue.

“Morocco has taken note of the statement issued by the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping on the withdrawal of the polisario from this area,” the minister said, stressing that the Kingdom remains “vigilant” on this issue.

The withdrawal should be “total, unconditional and permanent”, said Bourita, stressing that the Minurso and the UN Secretary-General are called upon to assume their responsibilities in the implementation of this withdrawal.

He also noted that Morocco has always considered the area of Guerguarat as a buffer zone, endowed with a clear legal status, and that any change of this status represents a violation of the cease-fire agreements.

Bourita stressed that the myth of the “liberated territory” put forward by the polisario is only a “lexicon and gesticulations contrary to the international legality and the resolutions of the Security Council”.

Morocco has been clear and firm concerning the presence of the polisario in this area, said the minister, stressing that the position of the Kingdom has been confirmed by the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council who have “put the polisario and its guardians before their relentless responsibilities” of violation of the ceasefire.

“The wacky statements of the polisario on this issue would have served no purpose, since today the polisario leaves the area of Guerguarat with head bowed,” he concluded.