Rabat, Morocco(TMT)- The President of the Municipal Council (mayor) of El-Aaiun Hamdi Ould Errachid, a well-known Moroccan of Sahraoui decent, representing Morocco’s Al-Istqlal party, called on the Moroccan government yesterday –during his intervention on the sidelines of Morocco’s both houses holding an extraordinary meeting on Ban Ki-moon’s “occupation of the sahara” statements– to expel the UN’s Minurso (The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in the Sahara) and wage a war on the Polisario front “to recover the remaining swaths of land occupied by the separatist entity.”
The call to expel the Minurso and wage a war on the Polisario front was shared on Al-Istiqlal party ‘s official Facebook page. The party also run an article on this on its official website.
“Today, we are echoing our opinion on the visit of Ban Ki-moon to Bir Lahlou, an indisputable region belonging to the Moroccan territory,” Ould Errachid said.
“He is free to visit Algeria. I won’t speak about his visit to Algeria. In Algeria, he is free to do and give any kind of statements he wants. But Bir Lahlou is Moroccan and is part of the Moroccan territory. As a result of this new stand in the position of the secretary general of the UN, I suggest that we recover the remaining swaths of land ourselves,” Ould Erraachid said.
“Those are part of the Moroccan territories [The regions Ban Ki-moon visited for the first time]. The secretary general knows that very well. He also knows our position on that. And Algeria also knows that very well,” Ould Erraachid added.
Hamdi Ould Errachid also stressed that “visiting Bir Lahlou was an unprecedented move in the UN secretary general’s approach vis-à-vis the dossier, a move that will raise hatred, which is against the peace mission of the UN.”
“His visit was a clear slip from a neutral stand point he should be adopting as secretary general. Who knows? He may slip again when giving the yearly resolution in the security council,” Ould Errachid added.
“If such slips persist, then what is the role of the Minurso? It does not have anything to do in the southern region.
“The Sahara is Moroccan and will remain Moroccan until the day of Judgement inchallah,” Ould Errachid added.
As soon as Ould Errachid finished his speech, Morocco’s head of the government hugged him, in a very emotional gesture. Ould Errachid received a standing ovation after giving his speech.
The call to go on war with the Polisario front to recover the remaining swaths of land occupied by the poslisario, and to expel the Minurso, was hailed by various Moroccans on social media platforms, especially among the youth, from which some rejoiced the call.
In an Facebook post, one young Moroccan said, “We the Moroccan youth, we don’t have jobs because of the current crisis. We are not married and we don’t have kids, so it is okey if we die. If we die fighting for our land, that is a great honor. Let us go to the Sahara to fight those Mourtazika. We will show them a black day [He used the Arabic expression Sanourihoum yawman Aswadan].
A pro-polisario Front Facebook page entitled “The Sahraoui Electronic Army V3”, shared Ould Errachid’s intervention, calling the man “a traitor.”
“The traitor Hamdi Ould Rasheed speaks again on what we already know regarding Morocco. Is it a slip of the tongue or a reality? May God curse him on behalf of all the Saharawi people,” read the Facebook post.
The Moroccan Times.