UNSC Holds Consultations on Moroccan Sahara Issue

The UN Security Council on Wednesday held closed-door consultations on the Moroccan Sahara issue, during which the Council's members reaffirmed their full support for the political process led by the UN since 2007.

According to diplomatic sources contacted by MAP, the members of the Council also reiterated their support for the roundtable process with the participation of Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the "polisario", which created positive momentum in the UN process. They also underlined that the resumption of the roundtable process should be based on the progress made by the former Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General, Horst Köhler.

On this occasion, several countries expressed their support for the Moroccan autonomy initiative, whose seriousness and credibility have been underlined in all the Security Council resolutions since its presentation in 2007.

Moreover, the calm prevailing in the Moroccan Sahara, as affirmed by the UN Chief in his latest report presented to the Security Council, was highly welcomed during this meeting, during which the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Bintou Keita, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Sahara, Colin Stewart, briefed the Council.

During these closed-door consultations, the members of the Security Council also expressed their great concern over the thousands of the extremely serious violations by the Polisario of the ceasefire, military agreements and Security Council resolutions, such as detailed in the Secretary General's latest report.

The members of the Council also welcomed the role of MINURSO in monitoring the ceasefire, which represents its main mandate, as underlined by the Secretary-General in his report.

According to the same sources, several delegations deplored the dismal situation prevailing in the Tindouf camps, in Algeria, where the populations held against their will endure the worst exactions and violations of their rights by the armed separatist movement "Polisario" with the connivance of the authorities of the host country, Algeria, that illegally resigned from its responsibilities to protect these populations, which the UN Secretary General and the UN human rights bodies have strongly denounced in several of their reports.

The adoption of the resolution on the renewal of the mandate of MINURSO is scheduled for October 28. In his report to the Security Council, the UN Secretary-General recommended its renewal for one year.

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