UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres concerned about rising tensions in Western Sahara as Africa Eco Race rally-raid prepares to cross Guerguerat, spokesman said in press statement published Saturday evening.
The Secretary-General calls on all actors to exercise the utmost restraint and defuse tensions, added spokesman Stephane Dujarric. It is important to allow the continuation of regular civil and commercial traffic and to refrain from any action likely to modify the status quo of the buffer strip.
The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations’ commitment to help the parties find a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict in Western Sahara in accordance with Security Council resolutions, said his spokesman.
The Africa Eco Race is an international rally-raid created in 2009 after the displacement of the Dakar Rally in South America. The rally focuses on security issues and sustainable development, in addition to the sporting aspect.
The participants in the 2020 edition of the rally, which lasts until January 19 and crosses Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal, were in Dakhla, Western Sahara, for a day of rest on Sunday. The stage on Monday January 13th will take them from Dakhla to Chami (Mauritania), via Guerguerat.
Western Sahara was administered by Spain until 1976. Following the end of the Spanish colonial administration, fighting broke out between Morocco and the Polisario Front. A ceasefire was signed in September 1991 and the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) was deployed.
Source: UN News Service