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Western Sahara Caution over UN Staff Exclusion Row

A conflict within the controversial territory of Western Sahara in north-west Africa might flare up once more if the UN’s peacekeeping isn’t absolutely remodeled, an African Union (AU) envoy has warned.

The UN brokered a peace between Morocco and also the autochthonal Saharawi individuals in 1991, ending a 16-year uprising.

Last month, Morocco expelled eighty four United Nations civilian workers after the United Nations chief used the term “occupation” regarding the region.

This has hampered the United Nations mission, whose mandate is up for renewal this month.

Morocco has threatened to drag out the troopers it contributes to United Nations world peacekeeping missions, primarily in Africa, over the row.

“The Western Sahara issue could also be seen as a little problem, however allow us to not forget that a spark might put a forest alight,” the AU’s Western Sahara envoy Joaquim Chissano, told a casual meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

He same he was “dismayed” by the crisis that had erupted when UN executive Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the region and criticized Morocco’s call to chop United Nations workers, reports the AFP press agency.

Western Sahara Caution over UN Staff Exclusion Row
There was a big protest in Rabat after Mr Ban’s comment, with demonstrators carrying photos of King Mohammed VI , who is against full independence for Western Sahara

The United Nations says their departure has created it impossible for the United Nations mission, called Minurso, to hold out its mandate.

Mr Chissano is the latest official to warn that the expulsions are “dangerous precedent” as alternative countries with Security Council-mandated peacekeeping and political missions might attempt to expel United Nations troops and workers in addition, the Associated Press press agency reports.

Mr Ban created his polemic comment while visiting the refugee camps in southern Africa country, Algeria, where over a hundred and sixty thousand, ethnic Sahrawis, the major autochthonal cluster of Western Sahara, live after several fled violence there in the 1970s.

Minurso was established twenty five years ago after a ceasefire concluded a war that bust out when Morocco annexed the previous Spanish colony in 1975.

It is tasked with organizing a vote on future of the territory, however this’s yet to take place.

The informal Security Council meeting occurred days before the expiration on thirty April of Minurso’s mandate.

Morocco is the solely state to not be a member of the AU because the organisation recognises the Polisario Front, the autochthonal Saharawi independence movement.

The Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), declared by the Polisario Front in 1976, may be a full AU member.