Western Sahara: Security Council Frustrates Algeria’s, Polisario’s Hopes

cs-onuThe UN Security Council finally adopted on Tuesday a neutral resolution renewing for one year the MINURSO mandate, without hinting to any human rights monitoring mechanism in Western Sahara as Algeria and the Polisario were hoping.
The resolution, drafted and tabled by the United States, was adopted unanimously by the fifteen members of the Security Council.
The text encourages the stakeholders “to ensure full respect for human rights,” and at the same time it “recognizes and welcomes the recent steps and initiatives taken by Morocco to strengthen the National Human Rights Council’s commissions in Dakhla and Laayoune, and Morocco’s ongoing interaction with Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council.”
The Security Council resolution also calls upon the parties to the Western Sahara conflict and upon neighboring states “to cooperate more fully with the UN and with each other and to strengthen their involvement to end the current impasse and to achieve progress towards a political solution.”
The Security Council 15 members “Recognize that achieving a political solution to this long-standing dispute and enhanced cooperation between the Member States of the Arab Maghreb Union would contribute to stability and security in the Sahel region,” states the resolution.
The Council also welcomed “the serious and credible Moroccan efforts to move the process forward towards resolution,” referring to the Morocco-proposed autonomy plan for Western Sahara. This plan has been hailed by the international community as serious and credible.


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