The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Parliament, Piero Fassino, expressed his concern about the reports of clashes in the Guerguerat buffer zone between the Moroccan army and protesters from the Polisario Front.
In a press statement on Friday, Fassino appealed to the parties “not to feed the cycle of tension, avoid any use of force, and resume the peace process based on Security Council resolutions and the commitments made by Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario Front in the Geneva talks.”
The Italian parliamentarian also urged the United Nations to appoint its new envoy to Western Sahara, where the position is still vacant now, to “resume the peace process” in the region.
The Moroccan Royal Army announced that it had set up a security belt to secure the flow of goods and personnel through the buffer zone at Guerguerat crossing on Mauritania’s border. Simultaneously, the Sahara government considered the Moroccan military operation in Guerguerat as a “violation that permanently undermines the ceasefire agreement” signed in 1991.