Crackdown Operation in Guergarat, Kandahar Irks Polisario  

guergarat1Moroccan security services (Royal Armed Forces, gendarmerie and customs authorities) have been carrying, since Sunday August 14, a large-scale clearing operation at the edge of the border between Morocco’s extreme south and Mauritania, an area swarming with smuggling and trafficking of all kinds.

During the combing operation targeting the border post of Guergarat and the no man’s land buffer zone, supposedly controlled by MINURSO, called “Kandahar,” Moroccan security services seized 600 used cars and trucks, at three meeting points, said on Tuesday the Wilaya of Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab in a statement.

“The area has been cleared of all forms of illicit trade and of traffickers practicing this trade,” the statement added.

This operation that finally cleared an area where smugglers of cigarettes, fuel, cars, and stolen cattle and traffickers of arms and of soft and hard drugs have long thrived, irked the Polisario leaders, as it harmed their own interests. Actually, the Polisario militiamen were operating in this area under the cover of sub-Saharan merchants.

The new leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, was quick to call to his rescue the UN Secretary General, demanding sanctions against Morocco for what he called “violation of the cease-fire” in effect since 1991 in Western Sahara.

Contrary to the Polisario’s expectations, the deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary General, Farhan Haq, has shown due care and diplomacy and did not condemn the operation conducted by Morocco in the buffer zone called “Kandahar.”

The deputy spokesman limited himself to say that MINURSO “has seen reports of alleged violations in the southwestern part of Western Sahara near Mauritania” and once it has established the facts, it “will deploy its capabilities if it is so required, as per its mandate.”

On the Moroccan side, they think that the UN should rather question the MINURSO how and why smugglers and traffickers of all kinds thrived in the buffer zone falling under the MINURSO’s supervision in the first place.


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