UN -Sahara: A negotiated and realistic settlement is unavoidable

The settlement of the Western Sahara conflict must inevitably go through a negotiated and realistic agreement. This option was reaffirmed on Tuesday by the United Nations General Assembly which adopted, without a vote, a new resolution, underscoring “the unavoidability of a negotiated and realistic” solution to the Sahara conflict.
The General Assembly, on the basis of previous resolutions of the Security Council, called upon the States of the region to cooperate fully with the United Nations and with each other in the search of a mutually acceptable political solution to the regional dispute over the Sahara.
The resolution also called the parties to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue in order to enter, in good faith and without preconditions, in a more intensive phase of negotiations , taking note of the efforts and developments since 2006, thus ensuring the implementation of Security Council resolutions.

The U.N. General Assembly has thus backed the approach adopted by the Security Council since the approval of resolution 1754 (2007), which takes note of the Moroccan proposal to grand broad autonomy to the Western Sahara.
This proposal has been welcomed by the UN bodies and the entire international community, which described it as a “serious and credible” initiative to definitely settle the territorial dispute over the Sahara.
The UN General Assembly’s alignment on the position of the Security Council confirms the soundness of the Moroccan initiative which falls in line with the objective sought by the United Nations, namely a compromise solution taking into account the interests of all parties, said Morocco’s ambassador to the UN, Mohamed Loulichki, after the adoption of the resolution.
In the same text, the General Assembly recognizes the need to conduct a census of the populations living in the Tindouf camps, the Moroccan diplomat said.
The challenges facing the Maghreb region as they were underlined by the Personal Envoy and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, in their latest reports to the Security Council, should be taken into account, particularly by Algeria and the Polisario. Hese parties need both to genuinely participate in the negotiations dynamic which is likely to lead, in the short run, to the most wanted political solution, the Moroccan diplomat went on to say.



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