UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A confidential U.N. document says Morocco violated a 1991 cease-fire agreement with the Polisario Front independence movement by sending armed security personnel and equipment into the contested Western Sahara region without prior notice to U.N. peacekeepers.
The note to the U.N. Security Council from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, said the Polisario Front deployed 32 armed military personnel in response, also in violation of the cease-fire.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern Sunday at “the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in southwestern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border,” his spokesman said.
Growing international recognition of Western Sahara offers new hope for Africa’s Last Colony (CEASEFIRE)
The death in May of Saharawi president Mohamed Abdelaziz has brought back into focus the question of Western Sahara’s future. In light of the failures of the UN peace process, the internationalisation of solidarity with the Saharawi people is the only way to bring about lasting peace and freedom to Africa’s last colony, writes Khalil Asmar.