Sahara: EU supports a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable” political solution

Sahara: EU supports a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable” political solution

The European Union (EU) expressed, before the 4th committee of the UN General Assembly in New York, its support for a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable” political solution to the regional conflict around the Sahara.

Speaking on behalf of the EU, the representative of Slovenia said that the Union “encourages” the parties to work towards a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution” within the framework of the United Nations, on the basis of Security Council resolutions since 2007.

All these resolutions have established the preeminence, seriousness and credibility of the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative, as the only solution to put an end to this artificial dispute, within the framework of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom.

The EU also welcomed the commitment of the UN Secretary General to relaunch the negotiations with a “new dynamic and a new spirit” to allow the resumption of the political process.

Welcoming the appointment of the new personal envoy of the UN SG for the Moroccan Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, the European Union said it was impatient to “engage with him in the efforts aimed at relaunching negotiations”.

The EU has, in this sense, encouraged all parties to engage in the common search for a solution in accordance with the resolutions of the Security Council, as well as with the principles of the United Nations Charter.

The EU welcomed the recent Security Council Resolution 2602 which expresses full support for the UN Secretary General and his proposal to relaunch the political process and reiterates the call for all parties to cooperate “ fully ”with MINURSO.

In his last report to the Security Council, the Secretary General blasted the “Polisario” for its renunciation of the ceasefire and its unacceptable and reprehensible obstructions to the ceasefire supervision activities by MINURSO.

As came in resolution 2602, the European Union also placed emphasis on the round table process with the participation of Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the polisario, recalling the holding in this context of the two Geneva round tables in December 2018 and March 2019.

Likewise, the European Union encouraged the parties to continue to show “political will” and to work in an atmosphere conducive to dialogue, within the framework of the exclusively UN political process.

Finally, the EU reiterated its call for the registration of the populations of the Tindouf camps, as required by the Security Council in all its resolutions since 2011.

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