UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on visit in Sahrawi refugee camps

Shaheed El Hafed, October 23, 2016 (SPS) – UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous arrived Sunday in Sahrawi refugee camps in the framework of a working visit that led him to the parties to the conflict, the Polisario Front and Morocco.

The UN official who was received by Saharawi coordinator with MINURSO, M'hamed Khadad, held meetings with the Minister of National Defence, Abdelah Lahbib and Secretary of State for Documentation and Security, Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud.

In a statement to the media, Mr. M'hamed Khadad stressed that the meeting was an opportunity to notify the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on the position of the Polisario Front about Moroccan violation of the cease-fire (military agreement No. 1) in the region of Alguerguerat and escalation, reminding his guest of the main task of MINURSO, which is organizing a referendum in the region and the ceasefire agreement was only the first stage in order to carry out the process.

Mr. M'hamed Khadad indicated that the Polisario has accepted the engagement with the United Nations on the basis of a referendum, and when it make certain of the UN organization's failure to organize this referendum, it is willing to take any decision that would ensure the option of self-determination and independence. (SPS)