Peru: Outrageous Story of a Polisario Activist at Lima Airport

The Polisario continues to suffer serious diplomatic setbacks around the world. The latest of these successive failures and fiascos is the humiliating blockade at Lima airport of activist Khadijetou El Mokhtar who tried to get into Peru pretending to be “ambassador” of the so-called Saharawi republic but continues to be denied access by the Peruvian authorities since 9th of September.

The militant of the Polisario stumbled into trouble upon arrival at the Lima airport. She traveled with a Spanish passport and claimed to be an ambassador of the SADR, the Polisario’s self-proclaimed republic, supported by Algeria but not recognized by the United Nations.

The Peruvian airport authorities did not want to be involved in her political game, giving the fake diplomat the choice of either entering Peru as a Spanish tourist or simply returning on the first plane to Madrid. The case reached its climax when Khadijetou El Mokhtar, who claims to be an ambassador, called for the intervention of Spanish consul in Lima.

But after three weeks of waiting for a possible flexibility of the Peruvian authorities, the endgame of Khadijetou El Mokhtar hit another snag when the Peruvian Interior minister Carlos Basombrío made it clear that  Khadijetou El Mokhtar “is not recognized and was not invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru”.

Considered as a Spanish citizen, she does not hold a diplomatic visa issued by the Peruvian authorities and therefore has no privileges or immunity as a representative of the Polisario in Lima, contrary to her allegations.

For their part, the Peruvian immigration Services say Khadijetou El Mokhtar chose to remain voluntarily and illegally in one of their offices at Lima airport, saying that she rejected a proposal of leaving the country by air as well as the possibility of entering Peru as a tourist.

So her dilemma continues but the patience of the Peruvian authorities will run out sooner or later !



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