United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, underlined Saturday the importance "to allow for regular civilian and commercial traffic" to proceed in Guerguerat and to refrain from any action that may constitute a change to the status quo of the Buffer Strip.
"The Secretary-General is concerned about increased tensions in the Sahara as the Africa Eco Race is about to cross Guerguerat," Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said in a statement.
"It is important to allow for regular civilian and commercial traffic to proceed and to refrain from any action that may constitute a change to the status quo of the Buffer Strip," he pointed out.
"The Secretary-General calls on all actors to exercise maximum restraint and to defuse any tensions," he added.
The UN Chief has reiterated the United Nations’ commitment to support the parties to reach a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict in the Sahara in accordance with Security Council resolutions.
The Africa Eco Race, which is driven from Monaco to Dakar through Morocco and its southern provinces, is at its 12th edition this year.