Christopher Ross Has Not Complied With Requirements Of Impartiality That Mediator Must Maintain: Pundit
Rabat – The personal envoy of the U.N. Secretary-General for the Sahara, Christopher Ross, in whom Morocco has withdrawn Thursday its confidence, has not complied with the requirements of impartiality that a mediator must maintain, said Moroccan professor El Hassane Boukantar.
“We found, in the latest UN report on the Sahara, that some questions were raised with the intent to misrepresent the position of Morocco and to push some members of the Security Council to give up the positive attitude adopted by the Council since 2007, the date of the presentation by Morocco of autonomy proposal, qualified as credible,” said Professor Boukantar in a statement to news agency MAP.
He added that the Security Council considers Morocco as a credible partner in the search for a settlement to the Sahara issue, adding that all U.N. representatives should take this into account and “not to put Morocco on the same footing as other parties which seek to gain time.”
Communications Minister, government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi, had announced today Morocco’s decision to withdraw confidence in Christopher Ross, and asked for redressing the process meant to resolve this issue.
Morocco asks the UN Secretary-General to take appropriate decisions to push the negotiating process on the Sahara issue forward, and reiterates its commitment to the Security Council resolutions, especially negotiations to achieve a lasting, mutually acceptable political solution, the statement added.