Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Morocco condemned strongly Ban Ki Moon’s, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, recent comments during his visit to Tindouf and Algiers on the Sahara issue, comments Morocco finds contrary to Security Council resolutions, far away from the UN’s supposed neutrality on this dossier where it should act in full neutrality and not take sides with one of the parts of the conflict, stressing that “this type of semantic slippage dangerously undermines the credibility of the UN Secretary General.”
A statement from the Moroccan government, released yesterday and relayed by Morocco’s state agency La MAP, read the following:
“The Government of the Kingdom of Morocco expresses its strongest protest following the remarks made by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his recent visit to Tindouf and Algiers on the Sahara issue.
“His comments are politically inappropriate, unprecedented, and contrary to Security Council resolutions.
“It is with great amazement that the Moroccan government takes note of the verbal excesses, the fait accompli and unjustified complacency gestures of the UN Secretary General during his visit to the region.
“Morocco has seen, both in terms of the conduct of the visit and the content of the statements, that the Secretary General has abandoned its neutrality, objectivity and impartiality.”
“Morocco also regrets that the Secretary General has yielded to the blackmail of the other parties by following the fait accompli in violation of the commitments and guarantees he gave to Morocco and that he gives credit to the false claims of the other parties.
“It is with amazement that the Secretary General used the term ‘occupation’ to describe the recovery by Morocco of its territorial integrity.
“This departs from terminology traditionally used by the United Nations in the Moroccan Sahara,” said the statement.
“This type of semantic slippage dangerously undermines the credibility of the UN Secretary General
“These outrageous words hurt the feelings and dignity of the entire Moroccan people.
The Moroccan Times.