The Polisario sends a letter to the UN after a mine explosion in Mijek

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The Polisario’s permanent representative to the United Nations Sidi Mohamed Omar sent, this week, a letter to the special representative of the UN secretary General for Western Sahara and MINURSO head Colin Stewart and Kuwait’s permanent representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaibi, who is presiding the Security Council this month. The letter addressed mine explosions in the Sahara.

In his letter, Omar recalled the death of a Polisario soldier, who was in a vehicle with two people when a mine exploded in Mijek.

Calling it a «tragic incident», Sidi Mohamed Omar insisted that «mines in Western Sahara» are a danger, SPS wrote. «At least 7 million mines are scattered throughout the country (Western Sahara, ed), as well as large quantities of explosive devices», he said in his letter.

The Polisario representative accused Morocco of «refusing to sign the 1997 the Ottawa treaty on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction» and the 2008 «International Convention on Cluster Munitions».

«In order to make progress on the political path and to avoid new victims, it is essential that the international community puts pressure on Morocco to respect and comply with international laws», he argued.

On Saturday, June 1, a Polisario patrol east of the Wall of Sands caused the explosion of a mine in Mijek, a part that Morocco considers as a buffer zone whereas the Polisario calls it a «liberated territory». The explosion killed one person and injured two others.

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