Western Sahara: MINURSO – What Next?

Shortly after Ban Ki Moon’s ill advised remarks while visiting the Polisario refugee camps a couple of years ago, Morocco took the opportunity to express its profound displeasure with the former Secretary General’s undiplomatic gaffe to disinvite most of MINURSO’s civilian contingent from Morocca

A new President, a New Opportunity in the Western Sahara

Once again, this April, the United States will go through the annual ritual at the UN Security Council of renewing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in the Western Sahara (MINURSO).

MINURSO : The mission’s got a new organizational chart

The United Nations have developed a new organizational chart for the MINURSO. The restructuring of the mission’s hierarchy has resulted in tensions knowing that the MINURSO is being marginalized by the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara. Details.

Minurso receives an alert similar to the one of June 2

The Minurso (United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in Western Sahara) remains a potential target for terrorist groups.

The Minurso reduces its budget and cancels the purchase of a new helicopter

The UN has cut peacekeeping budget after being pressured by Trump's administration. On Friday the General Assembly agreed on reducing the expenses of the UN missions including the Minurso, which canceled the purchase of a new helicopter.

Guerguerat: Morocco in Alert to Protect MINURSO against Terrorist Risk

Morocco has strengthened security measures at the MINURSO headquarters in the Guerguerat buffer zone to protect its forces after being alerted to terrorist threats. 

The Polisario is preoccupied with the Minurso withdrawal from Guerguerat

The Polisario front is concerned about the Minurso’s withdrawal from the Guerguerate area. A message that was transmitted by M’hamed Khadad to Kim Bolduc, Head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara.

The UN alerts MINURSO about a terrorist attack that could target its members

The UN is convinced that a terrorist attack targeting members of the MINURSO is being put together. The International organization,as a result, has called soldiers to remain prudent and cautious. On the other hand, Kim Bolduc, head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, urged the Moroccan authorities and the Polisario to guarantee the security of the Minurso members.

Western Sahara: Who Should Be Watching? Why Not Us?

Where tensions are running high and opposing armed forces are facing off with one another, separated by only a couple of hundred meters, the risk of an accident with unpredictable and potentially terrible consequences also runs equally high.

 

MINURSO Chief Visit Tindouf to Urge Polisario to Respect Cease Fire Agreement

The Special Representative for the Sahara and Head of the MINURSO, Kim Bolduc met with Polisario officials in their rear base in Tindouf, southwestern Algeria, to discuss the situation in Guerguarat, the southernmost tip of the Saharan provinces in the buffer strip on the borders with Mauritania, where polisario militiamen are still stationed after Morocco’s unilateral withdrawal.

 

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