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Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in the Sahara (MINURSO), Danish general, Kurt Mosgaard said, here Monday, Polisario's troops concentration in the buffer strip was "not allowed" and referendum "is neither for tomorrow, nor for next week."

The MINURSO has been, since 1991, supervising the ceasefire concluded between Morocco and the Algeria-backed separatist movement Polisario that has been, since 1976, laying claims to the Moroccan Southern Provinces, known as the Sahara. The former Spanish colony was retrieved by Morocco in 1975 under the Madrid Accords signed with Spain and Mauritania.
 
In statements published Wednesday by the Spanish "ABC" daily, Mosgaard,  who visited the buffer strip, voiced "surprise" by the scale of the forces  concentration, which the UN mandate prohibits.
 
"Polisario", itself, considers this army concentration "as the most important movement of the troops" ever recorded in this zone since the entry into force of the ceasefire in 1991, said the daily.
 
According to the paper, on the occasion of the so-called anniversary of the puppet "SADR", Polisario deployed some 3,000 soldiers that paraded besides dozens of fighting vehicles, rocket-launchers and anti-air missile vehicles. 
 
“We thought about mobilizing more troops from other regions, but we knew that the MINURSO will inform the UN, which could create some problems,” said “Polisario sources” cited by the Spanish paper.
 
“General Mosgaard, accompanied by his men from Egyptian and Russian nationalities, observed this troops concentration and even counted “the camels” that took part in the parade before submitting a report to the UN headquarters in New York, said “ABC”.
 
Mosgaard insisted on the need to “more confidence” to “favour political negotiation”.

 

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