Sahara: What is behind the Polisario’s provocations in Tifariti

The Polisario Front, which is currently losing ground due to the numerous political and diplomatic failures it suffered in the Western Sahara issue, found no other way out than taunt the UN and provoke Morocco on the ground in Tifariti, a demilitarized zone east of the Moroccan Defense Wall, supposed to be under the exclusive control of MINURSO.

Despite the urgent appeal launched last Saturday by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to respect the “status quo” in the Sahara and to show “maximum restraint”, the following day, Sunday (May 20), the Polisario separatists defied the United Nations and Morocco. They organized in Tifariti a military parade to display the latest deliveries of Russia-made heavy weapons they received gracefully from the Bouteflika Regime.

Through this show of force, the Polisario leaders also tried to veil their diplomatic failures and claim, primarily vis-à-vis the Tindouf camps populations, that on the ground neither the UN nor Morocco are able to prevent them from fulfilling their territorial ambitions.

However, Polisario leader Brahim Ghali and his close aides are fully aware that they have lost a lot of ground in favor of Morocco and that more bad news are in store for them.

On Tuesday (May 22), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reaffirmed unequivocally its support for the Moroccan Sahara while condemning terrorist activities involving Lebanese Hezbollah and the Polisario.

At the 5th session of the Moroccan-Emirati joint commission, co-chaired in Abu Dhabi by the Moroccan and Emirati Foreign Ministers, Nasser Bourita and Sheikh Abdellah Ben Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE insisted that no settlement of this artificial regional conflict around the Moroccan Sahara is possible outside the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Moreover, the separatists are deeply concerned by the determination of the European Commission (EC) to include the waters of Western Sahara in the new fisheries agreement with Morocco.

Last Thursday, the representative of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Nicolas Bulte, affirmed that “the Polisario has no quality to represent, exclusively, the interests of the of Western Sahara populations,” dealing a new blow to the Polisario and its mentors.


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