U.N. REQUESTS GOVERNMENT OF MOROCCO TO COMPLY WITH ITS INTERNATIONAL LEGAL OBLIGATIONS
- The Spokesman said that the United Nations had sent a note verbale to Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in reply to the note verbale sent by the Government of Morocco on 16 March.
- The note made clear that the Secretary-General is deeply concerned that the recent actions taken by the Government of Morocco are contrary to Morocco’s legal obligations as agreed under the Status of Mission Agreement for the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).
- That agreement includes a legal obligation for Morocco to ensure that the members of MINURSO “shall whenever so required by the SRSG have the right to enter into, reside in and depart from the Mission area.”
- The Executive Office of the Secretary-General strongly requests the Government of Morocco to comply immediately with its international legal obligations under the UN Charter, the General Convention and the MINURSO Status of Mission Agreement and to work together in a spirit of cooperation.