Any initiative that alters UN Sahara mandate violates the 1991 cease-fire: political leader

Leader of the labor party, Abdelkrim Benatiq, rejected this Monday any initiative meant to alter the nature of the MINURSO mandate as a breach of the 1991 cease fire signed under the aegis of the United Nations between Morocco and the Polisario separatists.


The cease fire stipulates that MINURSO’s only mandate is to monitor the respect of the cease-fire between parties, Benatiq told MAP in response to steps to change the MINURSO mandate.


Benatiq, who took part in a meeting held this Monday at the Royal office to examine latest developments in the Moroccan Sahara issue, added that the “the United States are not entitled to push for extending the MINURSO prerogatives”, stressing that “in case the MINURSO attributions are to be changed, the situation requires new negotiations, as this runs counter to the content of the 1991 agreement concluded under the aegis of United Nations organization”.


Except for the mission of monitoring the cease fire, all the other prerogatives come within the competence of the UN secretary general, through his personal envoy whom he appoints in order to create favorable conditions for negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario, stated the political leader.