Morocco gave the United Nations a three-day deadline to pull 84 peacekeepers from its Western Sahara mission amid a dispute with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over remarks he made, though Rabat reversed a decision to withdraw all its troops from peacekeeping missions, reported U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric Thursday.
“All of these measures would seriously impede the functioning of MINURSO,” said Dujarric to reporters.
The U.N. convoked an emergency meeting on the situation in Western Sahara, while U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman is due to brief the Security Council later on Thursday.
Rabat accused Ban last week of no longer being neutral in the conflict, criticizing his use of the word “occupation” to describe Morocco’s annexation of the region at the center of a struggle since 1975, when it took over from colonial power Spain. Read more