Sahara: Unsettled by Moroccan diplomacy, the Polisario displays its pseudo-military force

The Polisario, which has been unsettled by the successes of Moroccan diplomacy on the African chessboard, found no better response than to exhibit its pseudo-military force in a buffer zone, in a bid to boost the morale of its staff and appease its opponents in the Tindouf camps, mainly among the youths.

A tactical training and a military parade of the Polisario armed militia were organized on Monday (Dec. 25), in the region of Agoueinit, a buffer zone, that the Polisario leaders label “liberated territories”.

The so-called “military maneuvers” or more precisely the military parade that took place in the presence of the Polisario leader, Brahim Ghali, and the so-called “Minister of Defense”, Abdellah Lahbib Belal intervene shortly after Moroccan media reported that units of the Royal Armed Forces were being mobilized in areas close to the security wall in the extreme south and south-west of the Moroccan Saharan provinces. The mobilization is meant to block the way to any infiltration of Polisario militia.

The “military maneuvers” actually translate the disarray of the Polisario leaders and their Algerian sponsors following the successes scored by the Moroccan diplomatic machine since the Kingdom returned within the African Union ( AU) early 2017.

More recently, on December 20 in Khartoum, representatives of the Polisario suffered another failure in their attempt to prevent the accession of Morocco to the Pan-African Youth Union.

Not only has the Kingdom been admitted as a full-fledged member of this African body, but was also awarded the position of Under-Secretary-General of the Union for the North African region. Mohamed Ahmed Kayen, a native of the Moroccan southern provinces who is faculty member of Ibn Tofail University (Kenitra) and President of the African Peacebuilding Institute, was elected to the position.

The Polisario was Panic-stricken by all these diplomatic breakthroughs in Africa and by the rapprochement between Morocco and several African countries that were so far considered as strong supporters of the separatist front. The latest such rapprochement was initiated between Rabat and Pretoria at the meeting in Abidjan between King Mohammed VI and the South African President, Jacob Zuma, last November.

In his attempts to hamper any possibility of normalization between Morocco and English-speaking African countries, the head of the separatist mercenaries dispatched emissaries to several African capitals, including Johannesburg, Harare, and Kampala. But Morocco’s assets are much stronger…

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