UN envoy on Western Sahara Christopher Ross has called off plans to carry out his first official trip to the disputed territory, the UN said Friday after Morocco launched a strong attack on him.
“There are no plans for Mr Ross to travel to the region at this time,” a UN spokesman, Farhan Haq, told reporters.
Ross announced at the end of the last UN-brokered informal talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front guerrillas in March that he would go to the region, including Sahara, in mid-May. Ross has yet to visit the Moroccan-controlled territory.
While no fixed dates had been organized, the trip has been made untenable by Morocco's statement on Thursday that it had lost confidence in Ross. The government said in a statement that the veteran US diplomat's work in the Western Sahara was “unbalanced and biased.”