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Morocco impeded UN envoys’ work, says Ross

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Morocco “has shown disrespect” and impeded the work of United Nations (UN) envoys, former UN Envoy for Western Sahara Christopher Ross wrote on his Facebook page.

According to Christopher Ross, who served as a UN Envoy for Western Sahara from 2009 to 2017, Horst Kohler, another UN envoy, would have not resigned “for health reasons” but more likely out of disgust for Morocco’s lack of respect and efforts to impede his work (as they did with me).”

“It was in that year that Morocco and the Polisario agreed to a UN settlement plan that promised a referendum in exchange for a ceasefire. Thirteen years were spent trying to reach agreement on a list of eligible voters, the last seven of them under the supervision of James Baker. In the end, these efforts failed because Morocco decided that a referendum was contrary to its (claims of) sovereignty and, in doing so, got no push back from the Security Council. In 2004, this caused Baker to resign,” wrote the former US diplomat.”

The UN Secretary-General is looking for yet another envoy. Those approached to date have demurred, probably because they recognize that Morocco wants someone who will in effect become its advocate instead of remaining neutral and that, as a result, they would be embarking on “mission impossible,” said Ross.

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