Omar Hilale denounces the obstructions of the "polisario" to the MINURSO mission

The ambassador, permanent representative of Morocco to the UN, Omar Hilale described as “unacceptable”, a “serious error” and condemnable the threats posed by the obstructions imposed by the armed separatist group “the polisario” on certain MINURSO team sites in the Sahara.

“The threats from MINURSO team sites is a serious mistake on the part of the +polisario+. This is what the members of the Security Council expressed during the last private consultations” on the question of the Moroccan Sahara, underlined Mr. Hilale during his press conference held following the adoption by the Security Council of the resolution 2654 extending the mandate of the UN Mission until October 31, 2023.

The ambassador pointed out that the new resolution of the UN executive body calls on the “polisario” to put an end to these violations and obstacles, noting that the armed militias resort to the “blackmail of hunger and thirst”, which recalls the same procedures adopted by armed groups in certain countries of the Sahel. He warned that the +polisario+ is committing the same mistakes and violations as Daesh and Al-Qaeda in the Sahel.

With regard to Morocco, Hilale pointed out that the Kingdom, whose cooperation with the United Nations was recognized in the last report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Security Council, has undertaken the necessary efforts to ensure the protection and guarantee the resupply of MINURSO observers.

Hilale recalled the warnings of senior officials of the secretariat and MINURSO, that “if these obstacles persist, the United Nations will have no choice but to withdraw their team sites and their observers”. He warned that if necessary, “this extremely serious development would create a new situation on the ground”.

“Morocco will be entitled” he wanted to warn “to return to the situation before 1991 on the legal level and on the ground”.

He recalled, in this context, that three days before the entry into force of the ceasefire, the late Hassan II addressed, on September 3, 1991, a letter to the then UN Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, informing him that after the withdrawal of the Royal Armed Forces from this area to hand it over to the United Nations, a group of armored vehicles entered the Sahara. In this letter, HM Hassan II asked the senior UN official to intervene so that this group withdraws from the region, continued the ambassador.

And Omar Hilale underlined that “if the United Nations withdraws, Morocco “would be entitled to take back the part of the Sahara which was handed over to MINURSO”.

He expressed the wish to see the resolutions of the Security Council convince the small group of “polisario” and Algeria to stop subjecting MINURSO to “unacceptable” blackmail.

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