Security Council Holds Closed Consultations on Moroccan Sahara Issue

The UN Security Council held closed consultations in New York on the question of the Moroccan Sahara.

According to diplomatic sources in New York, the members of the Security Council received on Monday a briefing from the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, as well as from the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MINURSO, Alexander Ivanko.

These consultations take place in anticipation of the adoption, at the end of October, of a resolution extending the mandate of Minurso, for which the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres has recommended a duration of one year.

During this meeting, the two UN officials briefed the members of the Security Council on the basis of the latest report of the UN Secretary General on the question of the Moroccan Sahara, in which Guterres notably denounced the violations and obstructions imposed by the “polisario” to the freedom of movement of MINURSO, preventing the Mission from fulfilling its mandate to monitor the ceasefire in the Moroccan Sahara.

He also pinpointed the deterioration of the human rights situation in the Tindouf camps, noting, for the first time, the recruitment of child soldiers in these camps.

The UN Secretary-General has also reaffirmed in his report the fundamentals of the UN political process, as advocated by the Security Council in all its resolutions since 2018, saying that he is convinced that a political solution to the question of the Moroccan Sahara is possible.

Findings without appeal which were not to the taste of the leader of the armed separatists who split a river letter to the Secretary General of the UN, in which he accuses Guterres of bias.

Well-informed and concordant diplomatic sources at the UN indicated that during these consultations, a large number of countries expressed their support for the Moroccan autonomy initiative, affirming that this initiative represents the serious and credible basis for even to close the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, as enshrined in Security Council resolutions since 2007.

They strongly and unanimously supported the UN political process in order to reach a political, realistic, pragmatic, lasting and compromise solution to the Moroccan Sahara issue, on the exclusive basis of Security Council resolutions since 2007, particularly the 2602, adopted on October 29, 2021, according to the same sources.

In this regard, they reaffirmed their support for the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the UN SG to relaunch the UN political process. A strong and frank call was made for the resumption, as soon as possible, of the round table process, which Algeria continues to oppose, in an additional challenge to the international community.

Resolution 2602, it will be recalled, cited Algeria five times, enjoining it to remain committed to the round table process throughout its duration, in a spirit of realism and compromise, with a view to bring it to a conclusion, thereby consecrating Algeria as the main party to this regional dispute.

Council members also commended Morocco’s full cooperation with MINURSO.

At the same time, they expressed their grave concern about the renunciation by the “polisario” of the ceasefire, its violations of the military agreements, and its obstruction of the activities of MINURSO, and the freedom of movement of its observers. military.

They called on the “polisario” to respect the ceasefire, to refrain from any act of provocation and to stop its dangerous obstacles to the implementation of the ceasefire supervision mandate of MINURSO , in particular by blocking his patrols and preventing the supply of military observers, as detailed in the SG’s latest report to the Security Council.

According to these same sources, several countries have highlighted the stability and peace that prevail in the southern provinces, defeating the false allegations of Algeria and its puppet of the “polisario” about an alleged conflict in Moroccan Sahara.

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