Sahrawi protesters on Monday blocked up the Guerguerat passage in the far southwest of Western Sahara to denounce the continued plundering of the Sahrawi natural resources, the Algerian News Agency (APS) has reported.
The protesters arrived at the illegal passage established by Morocco, coming from the liberated Sahrawi territories, raising slogans expressing their suffering as the Moroccan occupation continues.
The protesters held the Moroccan authorities and the United Nations responsible for their continuing suffering, accusing the two parties of complicity in plundering the natural resources of the Sahrawi people.
According to Mauritanian media reports, the protesters called on the United Nations to assume its responsibility in maintaining the legal status of the Western Sahara as a territory subject to a decolonization process.
It should be recalled that a peace agreement between Morocco and the Polisario Front was signed in 1991 under the auspices of the United Nations, following an armed confrontation that started in 1975 subsequent to the Moroccan military invasion of Western Sahara.
Guerguerat is classified as a demilitarized zone, which is subject to the monitoring of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), and the two parties to the conflict, the Sahrawi Republic and Morocco, are not entitled to be present there under the ceasefire agreement, but the Moroccan occupation established the passage in violation of the agreement.
The region witnessed many tensions, especially in 2017, after Rabat decided to violate the military agreement No. 1 and to carry out works on the road leading to Mauritania through the Guerguerat region.
The Sahrawi government has consistently reiterated its calls for the UN Secretary-General and the UN Security Council that the open port at Guerguerat passage was “a clear and explicit violation of the Military Agreement No. 1, signed under the auspices of the United Nations and the ceasefire between the two parties, and cannot in any way justify any practice by which the occupation attempts to perpetuate its illegal and unlawful presence in Western Sahara.” (Sumoud)