The UN denies false statements attributed by Moroccan Media to UN Secretary General on the illegal breach in Guerguarat in Western Sahara

Bir Lehlou (Saharawi Republic) 29 September 2020 (SPS)- The Government of the Saharawi Republic, denied in a press release issued by its Ministry of Information, “fake news” published by Moroccan official Press Agency, reporting an alleged statement by UN Secretary General, António Guterres, on the illegal breach in Guerguarat region, in Western Sahara.

The Press release recalled that “the Moroccan misinformation campaign, based on provoking confusion and tension around the Moroccan illegal breach in Guerguerat in Western Sahara, is nothing but a propaganda exercise designed deliberately to divert the attention of the Security Council away from the real issues that underlie the current stalemate in the peace process caused by Morocco itself when it declared its refusal to go forward with the implementation of the UN-OAU Settlement Plan in 2001.”

The Saharawi Government called on the Security Council “to ensure that the Moroccan diversionary tactics do not distract it from the real issues that must be addressed with a view to assuming its responsibility and taking concrete and serious actions towards the full and rigorous implementation of the UN-OAU peace plan by enabling the Sahrawi people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence, thus bringing to a successful conclusion the decolonisation of the last colony in Africa.”

Following is the complete text of the Press Release, as received by SPS:

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

Ministry of Information

Spokesperson of the Government

Bir Lehlou (29 September 2020)

The Moroccan News Agency, MAP, notorious for spreading out fake news, has recently attributed to the UN Secretary-General, Mr António Guterres, a press statement reportedly made through his deputy Spokesperson, in which the Moroccan agency has claimed falsely that the Secretary-General had made a call on the Frente POLISARIO in relation to the illegal breach made by the Moroccan occupying army across the wall of shame in Guerguerat in Western Sahara.

The SADR Ministry of Information affirms that, based on the official clarifications received by the Frente POLISARIO from the United Nations, the Office of the Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General did not issue any official statement on behalf of the Secretary-General on this subject contrary to what was reported by the Moroccan News Agency.

The SADR Ministry of Information denounces strongly this new attempt by the media of the Moroccan occupying state to spread falsehoods regarding the Frente POLISARIO and the national legitimate struggle of the Sahrawi people, which has gone as far as attributing false statements to the UN Secretary-General and spreading unfounded allegations and accusations.

The official clarifications from the United Nations deal another blow to the Moroccan occupying regime as its media outlets intensify their propaganda campaign using all deceitful methods including misinformation, twisting of facts and falsification.

The frantic media campaign orchestrated by the media of the Moroccan occupying state is taking place at a time when the Security Council is expected to consider the report of the UN Secretary-General on the situation concerning Western Sahara and to adopt a resolution on the renewal of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) in the coming month.

In this regard, it should be recalled that the Frente POLISARIO has always expressed its strong rejection of the existence of the Moroccan illegal breach in the wall of shame in Guerguerat in Western Sahara, which represents a persistent violation of the ceasefire, the terms of the military agreement No. 1 and the spirit of the settlement plan. The Frente POLISARIO has repeatedly called on the Security Council to urgently compel the Moroccan occupying state to immediately close this illegal breach, which remains a constant source of tension that may lead to more instability in the whole region.

The Moroccan misinformation campaign, based on provoking confusion and tension around the Moroccan illegal breach in Guerguerat in Western Sahara, is nothing but a propaganda exercise designed deliberately to divert the attention of the Security Council away from the real issues that underlie the current stalemate in the peace process caused by Morocco itself when it declared its refusal to go forward with the implementation of the UN-OAU Settlement Plan in 2001.

The Security Council is therefore called upon to ensure that the Moroccan diversionary tactics do not distract it from the real issues that must be addressed with a view to assuming its responsibility and taking concrete and serious actions towards the full and rigorous implementation of the UN-OAU peace plan by enabling the Sahrawi people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence, thus bringing to a successful conclusion the decolonisation of the last colony in Africa.” (SPS)

090/500/60 (SPS)