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Date of posting : September 28, 2020

Guerguerat: UN Calls on Polisario Not To Obstruct Regular Civil and Commercial Traffic

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday urged Polisario separatists not to obstruct regular civil and commercial traffic in the Guerguerat buffer zone, in reaction to the posturing of the Polisario and its relays in the region.

The United Nations is “aware of the appeals” by the separatists of the Polisario and its convicts for “new demonstrations” in Guerguerat aimed at obstructing civil and commercial traffic, said Farhan Haq, UNSG deputy spokesperson in a press statement.

“Regular civil and commercial traffic must not be obstructed and no measures must be taken which could constitute an alteration of the status quo of the buffer zone” of Guerguerat, said the spokesperson.

He also reiterated the UN call for “the utmost restraint and to defuse any tension” in Guerguerat, adding that MINURSO “is monitoring the situation” in the region.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had also demanded, on January 11, in a statement made public by his spokesperson, the maintenance of regular civil and commercial traffic in Guergarat and called for refraining from any action likely to alter the status quo in this buffer zone, when the Polisario threatened to obstruct the passage of the “Africa Eco Race” rally between Morocco and Mauritania.