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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told Morocco's foreign minister that he was angered and disappointed by a demonstration in Rabat that he said was a personal attack on him over remarks he made about the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
Nearly three million Moroccans marched though the capital on Sunday to protest Ban's position on Western Sahara and rally support for the king.
Ban "conveyed his astonishment at the recent statement of the government of Morocco and expressed his deep disappointment and anger regarding the demonstration that was mobilised on Sunday, which targeted him in person", the UN chief's press office said in an unusually tough statement.
Ban Ki-moon made statements that, according to Moroccan government, had little to do with the impartiality and neutrality he should display as Secretary General of the United Nations.
The statement caused uproar in the country, prompting to issue a communiqué on Tuesday in which Morocco denounced Ban Ki-moon of “bias” in favor of the Polisario, a separatist movement supported by Algeria.
Morocco’s government last week accused Ban Ki-moon of no longer being neutral in the Western Sahara conflict, saying that he used the word “occupation” to describe Morocco’s presence in the region that has been at the center of a dispute since 1975.
The UN has been trying for years to hold a referendum on independence for the territory, which was seized by Morocco when Spain withdrew in 1975.
Source: Asharq Al-Awsat
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