Polisario Maneuvers: Bourita to Hold Talks with UN Officials in New…

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita is expected to travel to the US to discuss the Western Sahara question with senior UN officials.Following an emergency meeting held on Sunday at the Moroccan parliament, the Moroccan diplomat will pay an official visit to Washington and New York to hold talks with United Nations representatives on the “dangerous” situation as a result of in Polisario’s“illegal actions” in the Western Sahara buffer zones.Amid the escalating situation in the region,  Morocco’s Ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale, urged the United Nations Security Council to shoulder its responsibility and prevent the Polisario from changing the status quo of the buffer zone Hilale warned the Security Council that these separatist actions constitute a “casus belli”(justification for war).“Morocco will not stand idly by the deterioration of the situation on the ground,” he added.Bourita condemned Polisario’smaneuvers in the buffer zone on Sunday, stressing that the separatist group went even further in its recent provocations in Tifariti and BirLahlou, with the aim of changing the legal and historical status of this area.In addition to defying the United Nations and its 1991 ceasefire agreement through its continuous presence in the restricted buffer zones, the Polisario has announced its intention to relocate the headquarters of its “Ministry of Defense” to BirLahlou, another area in the buffer zone, located located230 kilometers away from the Es-Semara provinces.Sources close to the Polisario reported that it “has started relocating its ‘defense ministry’” and will “complete its actions within a short period.”Meanwhile, the government called on the Security Council to force the Polisario to abide by the terms of the ceasefire, making it clear that all options are open to repel the “provocations” of the Polisario, including the use of military force.Nabila Mounib, General Secretary of the Unified Social Party told Moroccan press on Sunday that if the UN Security Council does not shoulder its responsibility, “all options remain possible, including resorting to a military solution.”

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