The Moroccan Minister Delegate to Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Taib Fassi Fihri, has denounced the Polisario and Algeria's exploitation of the migration “human tragedy for propaganda ends.”
“The Polisario has just found itself a role as an actor in the control and the administration of migratory fluxes, while some credible international reports and different witnesses have confirmed that the Front has deployed all kinds of trafficking,” said Taib Fassi Fihri.
The Moroccan Minister denounced the use of the buffer zone for political ends and drew attention to the importance of constructing brotherly relations between Morocco and the African countries.
He told MAP news agency on Sunday that “once again, the opponents of our Kingdom's territorial integrity are attempting to exploit a human tragedy to serve their cause.”
“Algeria and the Polisario deliberately exploit the hell endured by those unfortunate migration candidates for propaganda ends,” indicated the Minister. He added that many migrants were detained to be presented to the media and thus support the thesis of the so called “liberated territories.”
“The kingdom of Morocco” he added “recalls that these so called territories are a buffer zone, which was willingly set up by Morocco, as part of the ceasefire operation initiated in Sept. 1991.”
“Morocco, which has always evoked the reason for the existence of this zone, firmly denounces today its propagandist exploitation, which wickedly takes advantage of the current illegal migration flux.”
The phenomenon, according to the Minister, has no relation with the regional conflict.
Nevertheless, Fassi Fihri said that Morocco takes the international community, particularly the UN, as a witness of this “unscrupulous manipulation of the unfortunate migrants' fate.”
“Morocco is the first victim of this migratory phenomenon. The country sees the flow of thousands of Africans, administered by mafia and criminal networks, leave their homeland and pursue the European dream,” he underlined.
The Minister also recalled Morocco's permanent appeals to Algeria, through regional organizations, the European Union and many member states, to adopt a less permissive policy concerning illegal migration and to control its borders.
“The Moroccan government” affirmed Fassi Fihri “underlines the importance of the relations between Morocco and African countries, in terms of culture, history and cooperation.”
He stressed that such cooperation is necessary for the development of the continent. “It is an objective to which Europe must contribute in its attempt to stop the causes of migration,” he said.
In turn, the Minister of Interior, Al Mustapha Sahel, declared that “this wave of propaganda directed by Algeria and Polisario attempts to ruin the image of Morocco.”
“The Polisario is a mafia group which takes advantage of illegal migration and exploits the issue to serve its wicked plans,” he emphasized.
The minister also declared that so far over 2,500 sub-Saharan migrants have been repatriated by plane, affirming that they were not subjected to any violence, either when they were assembled during the repatriation operation.
Fihri has denied accusations that Morocco has dumped sub-Saharan African migrants in the Sahara desert. The Polisario claimed earlier it had taken in more than 90 Africans wandering in the desert after Morocco expelled them. Fihri said the allegations were propaganda orchestrated by the Polisario Front and its ally, Algeria.