Letter to Foreign Ministers of Security Council Member States regarding the threat of the Polisario run-Tindouf camps, to regional security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 13, 2014

 

Dear Foreign Minister,

We write to urge you to use your position in the UN Security Council to study the possibility of disbanding the Polisario military units and giving the opportunity to refugee’s freedom of movement to migrate and settle in a country of their choice, as recommended by specialized institutes and bodies.

A report by the International Center for Terrorism Studies, of the US think tank Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, has been submitted in Washington, urging “the dismantling of Polisario militia and freeing the populations in captivity in Tindouf camps, which are becoming a hotbed for Al Qaeda recruiters and traffickers.”

The center’s director Yonah Alexander, who has presented the report at a press conference at the National Press Club, expressed the need of conducting a headcount of populations in the camps of Tindouf by the international community, deeming that these camps are a real threat for regional security.

The study, evaluating terrorist threats in Northern Africa and the Sahel in 2013, shows that Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and other regional extremist groups seek to exploit the situation in the Polisario-run camps through recruitment activities. It underlined the pressing need to counter the growing threat of radicalization in the camps run by Polisario militia on Algerian soil

Tindouf Camps have been transformed into a big open-air prison where people are deprived of their most basic needs, human rights and refugee rights. The UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) must have access to those camps in order to authenticate and count the refugees.

The Security Council must take action on behalf of the refugees warehoused by Algeria and Polisario.

The Resolution about Western Sahara under discussion in the Security Council should take into account the recommendations given by the International Center for Terrorism Studies that aim at preventing the Tindouf Camps from becoming an irreversible real time bomb.

(Please find enclosed the report of Potomac Institute for Policy Studies)

 

Sincerely,

              Vice President of "World Moroccans Union" 

              Hicham REJA

  *An international organization that brings together hundreds of Moroccan associations and organizations in the world

 

"Potomac Institute for Policy Studies report-2014 "