The Saharawi Movement for Peace (SMP) has again asked for the intervention of Staffan de Mistura, personal envoy of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara, to stop the loss of human lives in the Saharawi area and to enforce the cease-fire in a conflict in which Algeria and the Polisario Front are blamed for provoking a situation which could push young people to participate in an asymmetrical war, which is an irresponsible act.
The official statement of the Saharawi Movement for Peace is reproduced below:
Following the death of three more young people last Friday after the intervention of Moroccan drones in the region of Miyek (south of the territory) the first secretary of the SMP sent a letter to Mr. Staffan de Mistura, personal envoy of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara, regretting the loss of human lives and asking for his intervention to enforce, as soon as possible, the cease-fire.
Congratulating him on the backing he received in the recent Security Council resolution to continue his mission of "good offices", the First Secretary regretted, however, that the facts on the ground do not give cause for optimism. "Earlier today, three young men of young ages lost their lives in the Miyek area," the letter said.
"It is clear, Mr De Mistura, that the victims are children of poor families who have found no other means of livelihood. Pushing these boys into an asymmetrical war is an irresponsible act, especially if it is known in advance that it will not affect the course of events, nor will it have the magnitude required to change the correlation of forces on the ground," it adds.
"I am convinced that you share our pain and that of your mothers and will therefore understand our plea to spare no effort to enforce, as soon as possible, the ceasefire and put an end to the bloodshed and the loss of human life," the letter concludes.