Western Sahara: Security Council urged to take action following Morocco's retaliatory measures

Lima, March 24, 2016 (SPS) - Peruvian Council of Solidarity with Sahrawi People (COPESA) has called on the United Nations Security Council to take action following Morocco's retaliatory measures targeting the UN Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), adding that Rabat represents a threat to the North African region.


In a statement issued Wednesday, COPESA expressed "extreme concern" over Morocco's decision to expel 87 members of the UN mission.


The UN confirmed Tuesday that it has closed its military liaison office in Dakhla, in the occupied Sahrawi territories, following Morocco's retaliatory measures against the military component of MINURSO.


The Council said that Morocco "is preparing a war situation in North Africa," and called on the UN Security Council to "take urgent actions and implement the Chapter VII of the UN Charter on the maintenance of international peace and security."


Morocco has illegally occupied some parts of the territories of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), in disregard for UN resolutions and the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice of The Hague, "which legitimate the struggle of the Sahrawi people for their independence and their right to self-determination." SPS