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Moroccan parties unite against Polisario

April 4, 2018 at 10:02 am

Indigenous Sahrawi people in Tindouf, Algeria on 3 June, 2016 [Reuters]

Several Moroccan political parties have denounced recent provocations by the Polisario Front and its incursions into the buffer zone. They called on the government to address these moves and agreed that Morocco will not allow any change in this situation.

Secretary General of the Justice and Development Party and the Prime Minister, Saadeddine Othmani, stated that “what happened in the Sahara buffer zone is a direct offense against the sovereignty of Morocco”.

The Istiqlal Party stressed that the Polisario’s moves constitute a hostile act against Morocco and a real threat to its territorial integrity, as well as peace and security in the region. It has also described these movements as a blatant violation of military agreements and the ceasefire.

The Executive Committee of the Istiqlal Party called on the Secretary General of the United Nations and the Security Council to assume full responsibility for what is happening in those areas and to force the Polisario to immediately withdraw.

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“Morocco, which has remained committed to the political process to settle this instigated dispute amid Algeria’s refusal to engage in this endeavour, continued to exercise restraint and to abide fully by Security Council resolutions and the requirements of military agreements and not to react to the repeated provocations of the Polisario, which the United Nations and the Security Council has not tackled with necessary firmness and seriousness.”

The committee stressed that Morocco “cannot stand passively in front of such hostilities”.

The Constitutional Union Party strongly condemned the Polisario’s encroachment on Moroccan territory in violation of international law and denial of UN conventions.

After declaring its support for the king through a communiqué issued by its political office, the party warned against the serious repercussions of such an act on the peace process and the stability of the region, calling for comprehensive national mobilisation in order to counter the opponents’ manipulation of territorial integrity.

The Constitutional Union called for “holding Algeria fully responsible for aggravating the situation by continuing its support for the Polisario and its constant pursuit of exporting its internal problems by instigating regional conflicts”.

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