UN demands Western Sahara mission be fully restored

Morocco expelled 83 civilian staffers of MINURSO a month ago and shut down a military liaison officeUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday that Morocco’s expulsion of staff from the UN mission in Western Sahara could be exploited by extremists and urged the Security Council to restore the peacekeeping force. “I call on the Security Council to restore and support the mandated role of MINURSO,” said the report sent to the council on Monday. “The risk of a rupture of the ceasefire and resumption of hostilities, with its attendant danger of escalation into full-scale war, will grow significantly in the event that MINURSO is forced to depart or finds itself unable to execute the mandate that the Security Council has set,” he said.

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