Polisario Front asks for Morocco to stop interfering with UN peacekeepers

The exiled president says the alternative could be a return to the armed struggle.

FILE: Rabat responded by expelling dozens of UN staff working for the peacekeeping mission there known as MINURSO. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - The leader of Western Sahara's Polisario Front has asked United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council to make Morocco to stop interfering with UN peacekeepers.

The exiled president says the alternative could be a return to the armed struggle that ended 11 years after Morocco's occupation of his nation.

Last month, Ban incensed Morocco by describing its annexation of Western Sahara 40 years ago as an occupation.

Rabat responded by expelling dozens of UN staff working for the peacekeeping mission there known as MINURSO

Western Sahara President Mohamed Abdelaziz says meddling with the peacekeeping force is a green light to military aggression by Morocco against the Sahrawi people

Unless MINURSO is able to operate unhindered the Sahrawi people be obliged to defend its rights by all legitimate means, including armed struggle.