UN: Morocco may have spied on Western Sahara mission

By REUTERS
April 12, 2012 08:42

 
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UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon suggested that Morocco may have been spying on the world body's monitoring force in the disputed territory of Western Sahara and hampering its ability to function, according to a new report obtained by Reuters.

Ban's 28-page assessment comes after the latest round of UN-mediated talks last month between Morocco, the Polisario Front independence movement, Algeria and Mauritania on the future of Western Sahara failed to make any real progress. Previous rounds held during the past five years ended similarly.

In his report to the UN Security Council, Ban complained that the UN force in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, is "unable to exercise fully its peacekeeping monitoring, observation and reporting functions, or avail of the authority to reverse the erosion" of its ability to function.

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