threats of attack by polisario, “pure propaganda”

Pushed against the wall, Polisario reveals his true face. In late May, a leader of the armed militias in the puppet entity announced the Separatist Front’s intention to carry out “command operations” in the cities and regions of the southern part of the Kingdom. A threat that the chairman of the council of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, Yanja El Khattat, considers to be “pure propaganda”. In an interview with the Spanish daily “La Razon”, Mr El Khattat confirms that the situation in the Moroccan Sahara is under control and that these remarks are only “pure propaganda” aimed at worrying entrepreneurs who want to invest in the southern provinces.

The recent announcement by a military leader of the Polisario Front to carry out attacks in cities in the Moroccan Sahara, such as Laâyoune, Dakhla, Smara or Boujdour, is extremely dangerous. It marks, according to Yanja El Khattat, a slippage of this organization and a proof of its radicalization, which gave it the status of “terrorist organization”. According to Mr. El Khattat finds this announcement in a particularly global and regional context and in the wake of diplomatic setbacks suffered by the separatists and their sponsor, the Algerian military regime, in particular the recognition of the Sahara’s sovereignty by international powers prominent as the United States. This is a complement, he continues, to the opening of several countries’ consulates between Dakhla and Laâyoune and the strong international support for the Moroccan autonomy plan for the southern provinces.

Recalling that the region has previously had to deal with the warring and terrorist acts of the Polisario Front, author of no less than 289 attacks on Spanish citizens between 1973 and 1986, the President of the Council of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region assures, that “in spite of all this, we remain calm, and our citizens know very well that this exit is nothing but a symptom of the failure of the project of the enemies of the Kingdom and a sign of their weakness, their despair and their political and military powerlessness”. And to emphasize: “I remain convinced that these threats are nothing but pure propaganda and that there will never be such attacks”. “Despite our opponents’ claims about our territorial integrity, the situation in the region is under control and calm is guaranteed thanks to the efforts of the security forces, counter-terrorism units and the Royal Armed Forces,” he assured. For him, these threats refer to a suicide strategy that goes against the hopes of the people of the region, who have no interest in seeing terrorism and insecurity spread.

Asked to what extent the threats from Polisario could change the outlook for investment in the region, Mr El Khattat replied that on the contrary, more investors from different countries took to Dakhla to explore investment opportunities and take advantage of the facilities. and incentives offered by the Kingdom to invest there, despite these “threats” and the health situation that has hovered over the planet. Morocco, he argues, is an example of stability and security in the region, and it is interesting to note that at a time when the kingdom is multiplying initiatives to reach a just and workable solution to this artificial conflict and is behind all the intended actions. by generalizing peace, security and prosperity to all the people of the region, others are trying to drag it into chaos and spread war, hatred, poverty and terrorism. As a good adviser to the Sahrawis who have been sequestered in the Tindouf camps, Mr El Khattat concludes the interview by encouraging them to come out of the ordeal they are going through, which is only getting worse day by day, and to return to their country. , Morocco. “The Kingdom is more than willing to welcome them and provide them with dignified and stable living conditions, after years of suffering away from their territories,” said Mr. El Khattat.

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