Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Seven African countries' economies at risk over Brexit decision

Read more

THE DEBATE

Britain votes out: What next?

Read more

#TECH 24

The 'fintech' revolution

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

A certified 'palace': How hotels strive for excellence

Read more

#THE 51%

In her own image: Women in Art

Read more

REPORTERS

World War I: When northern France was on German time

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Ugandan city still scarred by Lord's Resistance Army atrocities

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

#Brexit sparks a storm on social media

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Markets, pound plunge on Brexit vote

Read more

Africa

UN staffers pull out of Western Sahara mission

© Fadel Senna, AFP |File photo taken on March 13, 2016 of Moroccan protesters demonstrating against statements made by the United Nations chief regarding the Western Sahara.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-03-20

Dozens of United Nations international staffers pulled out of their Western Sahara mission on Sunday after Morocco demanded they leave because of Ban Ki-Moon’s remarks about the disputed territory, Morocco’s state news agency and a source said.

MAP state news agency said a “significant number” of UN staffers had left Laayoune airport in U.N. aircraft and commercial flights to Las Palmas in Spain.

The source said 73 U.N. staffers had left, 10 would leave in the afternoon and one would remain for now.

Rabat accused Ban earlier this month of no longer being neutral in the Western Sahara dispute.

Morocco said he used the word “occupation” to describe its annexation of the region at the centre of a struggle since 1975, when Morocco took over from colonial power Spain.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2016-03-20

  • MOROCCO

    Morocco throws diplomatic fit with UN over Western Sahara

    Read more

  • MOROCCO

    UN’s Ban furious with Morocco over Western Sahara protests

    Read more

  • MOROCCO

    Western Sahara rebels demand UN probe into deadly squatter camp raid

    Read more

COMMENT(S)