Western Sahara: Ban Ki-Moon is in Difficulty in his Quarrel with Rabat

banki-lotiThe UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who has exposed his bias in favor of the Algeria-backed Polisario’s separatist thesis is in terrible difficulty in the brawl he created between the UN and Morocco.

At the moment he was expecting the support of the Security Council, Ban Ki-Moon has apparently been disavowed by the fifteen members of the Council at the meeting they held on Thursday, March 19, to review Morocco’s decisions to expel 84 civilian officials of MINURSO and to suspend its $3 million voluntary financial contribution to this mission.

Actually, two permanent members of the Security Council (France and Russia) and four non-permanent members (Spain, Japan, Egypt and Senegal) have openly refused to endorse the UN S.G and upheld Morocco’s position.

The issue is to be reviewed on Monday at the informal monthly lunch between the UN S.G. and the ambassadors of the 15 members of the Council.

However, behind the scenes, it is rumored that Ban Ki-moon is in difficulty in his quarrel with the Kingdom of Morocco.

After the straightforward support to Morocco reiterated by France and the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the backing expressed later on by Russia, Washington has reaffirmed over the weekend that the Moroccan autonomy proposal for the Sahara is “serious, realistic and credible.”

“We consider the Moroccan autonomy plan serious, realistic and credible,” said Saturday, March 20, the US mission to the UN, on its Twitter account, adding that the proposal “represents an approach that can satisfy the aspirations of the Western Sahara population.”

The same position was confirmed in Washington by the spokesman for the White House, Jay Carney, and in Rabat by Ambassador of the United States in Morocco, Dwight L. Bush who stated that the United States continue to support “a peaceful, sustainable and mutually acceptable solution” to the Sahara conflict.

Analysts see these statements as a bitter show of dissent not only for Ban Ki-Moon but especially for the Algerian rulers and the Polisario leaders who started rejoicing internally at a supposed reversal of the UN position in their favor.

For analysts, to settle the quarrel with Morocco, Ban Ki-Moon has no other choice than expressing formal apologies to the Moroccan Government and people for his harmful blunders.


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