Morocco orders expulsion of UN staff after dispute with Ban

EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA

Moroccan protesters wave the national flags during a rally against the United National Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Rabat, Morocco, 13 March 2016. Reports said Moroccan protesters gathered against what they claim to be Ban's bias toward separatists in the disputed Western Sahara. Ban had recently visited the Saharawi refugee camps in southern Algeria and said he would resume efforts to settle the dispute.

The government of Morocco is in dispute with UN chief Ban Ki-moon because he used the term “occupation” to refer to the status of Western Sahara


More than 80 civilian members of a UN mission have left Western Sahara as the Moroccan government ordered them to leave, due to an ongoing dispute with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Western Sahara, was annexed by Morocco from Spain in 1975. Since then there is an ongoing territorial dispute between Morocco and its indigenous Saharawi people, led by the Polisario Front. The two sides were at war since 1991 when a UN-brokered truce was reached and the Moroccan authorities promised to de...


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