UN: Fears Of Conflict In Western Sahara Rise

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UN: Fears of conflict in Western Sahara rise

UNITED NATIONS, United States, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) : Tensions in the Western Sahara region remain high between Moroccan troops and fighters of the Polisario independence movement, UN officials said Wednesday amid growing fears of a full-blown conflict.

"The situation remains tense in the Guerguerat area of Western Sahara inside the buffer strip," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, adding that "any resumption of hostilities, with the potential to have wider regional implications, remains of significant concern to the UN." Tensions flared recently after Morocco began road construction in the area south of a buffer zone separating the two sides.

The construction has been met with resistance by Polisario Front fighters, who are separated from Moroccan troops on the opposite side of the land strip by some 120 meters (yards), the UN spokesman said.

The UN is "actively engaging with the parties and key member states to urge restraint and identify options for an acceptable solution to the current crisis," Dujarric said. The Polisario Front's UN representative, Ahmed Boukhari, said he had met Wednesday with the head of the Security Council, New Zealander Gerard van Bohemen, to "inform him in detail" about the situation in the Guerguerat area, "which represents a breach in the terms of the ceasefire." The situation "threatens the prospects of a peaceful solution to the conflict and poses a direct threat to the region's stability and security," Boukhari said in a statement.