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MINURSO fires Moroccans suspected of spionage
Martes, 24 de Julio de 2012 06:40
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MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara)

According to sources of the Arabophone webpage “Sahara now” (www.saharanow.com) the Special Representative of the United Nations for the Western Sahara, and responsible for the MINURSO, Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber, has just announced the fire of certain workers of Moroccan nationality employed in the MINURSO headquartes in El Aaiun
some of them employed more than two decades in this Mission.

This happens after knowing that the the relations between Morocco and the United Nations experienced tensions that lead Morocco to withdraw its confidence on the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross. The sources added that the Special Representative of the UN, Weisbrod-Weber, who worked previously in East-Timor, decided to fire the workers of the MINURSO Headquarters in El Aaiun and other Sahrawi cities, based on internal reports that stated that some persons, who live for more than two decades in the
Western Sahara, carried spy operations on all the movements of the members of the International Mission.

This has been previously noticed by Christopher Ross who blamed on the Moroccan authorities for a “communications cut” between the Headquarters of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in the Western Sahara in El Aaiun and the central Headquarters of UN in New York. The spionage to the Mission raised the level of the crisis,which
became a crisis between Morocco and the United Nations and turned into a direct condemn to the Moroccan party.

Source: WSHRW