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  • UN Staff Returning to Western Sahara Following Spat

  • Morocco expelled U.N. staff in April after Ban Ki-moon spoke of the Moroccan "occupation" of Western Sahara

Ban Ki-moon, secretario general de la ONU, habla durante una escala del fuego olímpico en la sede de las Naciones Unidas en Europa, en Ginebra, Suiza, el viernes 29 de abril de 2016. Ban Ki-moon nombró al ex ministro noruego del ambiente y desarrollo Erik Solheim para jefe de la agencia ambiental de las Naciones Unidas y anunció su plan de nombrar a la embajadora mexicana Patricia Espinosa Cantellano para el máximo puesto en el combate al calentamiento global, según se anunció el martes 3 de mayo de 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone vía AP), photo: Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone, via AP

14 of July 2016 14:39:34

UNITED NATIONS — United Nations civilian staff have begun returning to the peacekeeping mission in the Western Sahara, signaling the apparent end of a dispute sparked by the U.N. chief's use of the word "occupation" to describe Morocco's annexation of the territory in 1975.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Thursday the first batch of civilian peacekeepers landed in Morocco on Wednesday evening and that additional staff would be returning in the coming days.Morocco expelled more than 70 U.N. civilians linked to the peacekeeping mission in March to protest Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's perceived gaffe.Diplomats warned the expulsion could set a dangerous precedent for the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping missions if it wasn't reversed. The Security Council approved a resolution in April calling on Morocco to restore the mission to full functionality.



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