Frente POLISARIO calls UNSC to hold Morocco accountable for its well-documented role in drug trafficking

New York, 30 June 2020 (SPS) -  the Representative of the Frente POLISARIO at the United Nations, Dr Sidi M. Omar, has strongly called on the Security Council to hold Morocco accountable for its well-documented role in drug trafficking and other destabilising actions that are threatening security and stability of its neighbours and the whole region, in a letter addressed on Today to H.E. Mr Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and President of the Security Council.

“We therefore once again strongly call on the Security Council to hold Morocco accountable for its well-documented role in drug trafficking and other destabilising actions that are threatening security and stability of its neighbours and the whole region.”, said the Representative of the Frente POLISARIO at UN

The Representative of the Frente POLISARIO has also informed the President of the Security Council that a unit from the Sahrawi Army intercepted and seized 3775 kilograms of Moroccan-produced cannabis in the region of Agwanit, in Liberated Western Sahara. The drugs, which were being transported across the illegal Moroccan military wall in Western Sahara, were destroyed yesterday in presence of UN Military Observers (UNMOs) of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) (see attached pictures). Several assault rifles, ammunition and off-road vehicles were also seized in this anti-drug-trafficking operation.”

The Sahrawi diplomat, added in his letter, Morocco remains the world’s largest producer and exporter of cannabis, as confirmed by many international reports including the 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the US Department of State and the World Drug Report 2020 of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. As we have alerted on previous occasions, the well-documented complicity between Moroccan military and drug lords and mafias is what explains how tons of Moroccan-produced cannabis are frequently smuggled across the illegal Moroccan military wall in Western Sahara.

“Morocco therefore is still required to explain to the United Nations and the international community how it is possible that drug traffickers are able to pass unchecked through the occupied Western Sahara that is entirely encircled by one of the most heavily manned and militarised walls in the world, which is guarded by millions of landmines and sophisticated radars and surveillance systems. In view of the strict restrictions on cross-border movement of individuals because of COVID-19 global pandemic, Morocco clearly has much more to account for. “, stressed Dr Sidi M. Omar

He went on saying that peace and security in our region is being increasingly threatened by the nexus of organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism where terrorist groups are thriving on Moroccan produced cannabis and other drugs as a major source of funding for their terrorist operations in the Sahel-Sahara region and beyond. SPS

 

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