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Morocco criticised the words of Ban Ki-moon

By on March 17, 2016
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Morocco has threatened to pull its soldiers out of UN global peacekeeping missions in a row over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
While visiting refugee camps in southern Algeria, where more than 160,000 ethnic Sahrawis live, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon used the term “occupation” about the territory, which was annexed by Morocco in 1975.
A statement from the foreign ministry said it was “examining the ways and means of withdrawing Moroccan contingents engaged in peacekeeping operations”.
The foreign ministry also said it would immediately cut funding and personnel for the UN Mission in Western Sahara.
Up to a million Moroccans protested in the capital Rabat on Sunday.
Morocco currently contributes more than 2,300 soldiers and police to UN peacekeeping missions, mainly in African countries.
Morocco annexed most of the disputed former Spanish colony in 1976.
But the Polisario Front, backed by Algeria, has been seeking independence.
Morocco and the Polisario Front fought over Western Sahara until a ceasefire was signed in 1991.

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