Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane (C) speaks during a special session at the parliament to discuss statements made by the United Nations chief earlier in the week regarding the disputed territory of Western Sahara, in the capital Rabat, on March 12, 2016.
Earlier in the week Morocco accused United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon of speaking out of turn during a visit to restart talks between Rabat and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front on disputed Western Sahara.
The UN has been trying to oversee an independence referendum for Western Sahara since 1992 after a ceasefire was reached to end a war that broke out when Morocco sent its forces to the former Spanish territory in 1975. Morocco has ruled out the idea of ??independence and argues for a broad autonomy for the territory under its sovereignty. The UN envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, resumed diplomatic efforts in February 2015. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)