Western Sahara: Morocco threat over UN peacekeepers

Morocco has threatened to pull its soldiers out of UN global peacekeeping missions in a row over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

It is furious with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after he used the term “occupation” about the territory, which was annexed by Morocco in 1975.

The foreign ministry also said it would immediately cut funding and personnel for the UN Mission in Western Sahara.
A statement from the foreign ministry said it was “examining the ways and means of withdrawing Moroccan contingents engaged in peacekeeping operations”.
Mr Ban has criticised Morocco for its angry response to his comments and said that the protests had shown disrespect to both him and the UN.

1 comment

  1. Lemmuel Odjay

    The only time the world would find peace with Morocco is when it is assumed by all that the Saharawi Republic never exist. It is a very, very thorny issue and Ban must have walked smack into it…

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