Russia Reaffirms Support for Consensual Solution to Sahara Issue

Russia Reaffirms Support for Consensual Solution to Sahara Issue

Russia has once again distanced itself from the maneuvers of Algiers and its proxy, the Polisario, by stating that only a political solution would settle the regional dispute over Morocco’s southern provinces.

President Putin’s Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhael Bogdanov has reiterated that Russia backs a political solution to the Sahara issue much to the disappointment of Algiers and its creation, the Polisario.

Bogdanov expressed Russia’s position following talks with a Polisario envoy to Moscow stressing the need for continuing efforts to find a fair solution to the conflict.

Much to the disappointment of the Algerian news agency, which echoes anti-Moroccan position, Bogdanov did not mention “a referendum on self-determination,” an option that has proven unfeasible due to disagreements over who is entitled to vote.

The UN has encouraged the parties to the conflict to seek a consensual solution describing Morocco’s autonomy plan as a serious, credible and realistic solution.

Algeria for the first time has been invited to direct talks by the UN envoy Horst Kohler, a move that shows that the UN is realizing that no solution can be found without a positive involvement of Algeria, which has created, hosted, armed and funded the Polisario militias for over four decades.

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