Security Council Welcomes Morocco-UN Deal on MINURSO

omar-unThe Security Council members welcomed the agreement reached by Morocco and the General Secretariat of the UN about the future of MINURSO and its mandate in the Moroccan Sahara, said Tuesday in New York, Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale.

Much to the chagrin of the Polisario separatists and their Algerian mentors, “the members of the Security Council welcomed the package concluded between Morocco and the UN Secretariat on MINURSO, in the framework of its mandate (…) and expressed full satisfaction that the crisis is over,” Omar Hilale told the media, at the end of a Security Council consultation meeting on MINURSO.

The crisis between Rabat and Ban Ki-moon dates back to last March when the UN Secretary General misbehaved during a visit to the Polisario-run Tindouf camps.

The Moroccan diplomat said UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, and the Special Representative and head of MINURSO, Kim Bolduc, presented to the Security Council a briefing on the UN Mission in the Sahara. He added that the Security Council members “lauded Morocco for its efforts to reach the deal.”

The Council also congratulated Morocco for its renewed commitment to implement the deal and for facilitating the MINURSO’s mission despite the crisis, Hilale said.

To a question on Morocco’s return to the African Union, Hilale said “several countries congratulate the Kingdom for its decision to reintegrate the AU.” During the Security Council meeting, representatives of the member countries have underscored that “this move will help create a new momentum within the African Union and a new atmosphere in our Maghreb region,” he said.


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