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Morocco stressed on Friday it shall not allow any change of the status quo, nor any accomplished fact in the Tifariti buffer zone set up at the east of the Defense wall built by Morocco to prevent any attacks by the Algeria-backed Polisario separatists movement "Polisario".



"Morocco reaffirms its clear will to preserve, by all means, its territorial integrity on the entire Sahara, and legitimately safeguard its national security," the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in reaction to press reports that the Polisario is planning to populate and build infrastructure in Tifariti, a buffer zone from which Moroccan troops pulled out to avoid any clashes with the separatist or even the Algerian army, and  in accordance with the 1991 UN-brokered cease-fire agreement  between Morocco and the Polisario.

Morocco has in the past strongly reiterated its "firm, clear and known stand" that denounces publicly the Polisario intentions, the ministry said in a press release. 

The North African country also called on “all the parties” supporting or encouraging such “grave actions,” to “shoulder alone the multiple repercussions of such an unacceptable development on the security of the region.”

The separatists, who lay claims to Morocco’s Southern Provinces, known as The Sahara, had staged a war against the north African kingdom to separate the territory from the rest of the country.

Three rounds of UN-led negotiations have been held since June 2007 in Manhasset, New York, in a bid to reach a settlement to the 32-year old dispute over the former Spanish colony that Madrid ceded to Morocco in 1975 under the Madrid Accords. A  fourth round is scheduled for mid March.

 

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