Morocco World News with agencies
New York, April 24, 2013
The UN Security Council is scheduled to adopt a new resolution that will prolong the Mission of the United Nations in the Sahara, known by its French acronym as MINURSO, for one more year until April 30, 2014.
The news resolution, which will be adopted by consensus, does not task MINURSO with the mission of monitoring human rights in the Sahara.
According to a the new resolution “encourages the parties to continue in their respective efforts to enhance the promotion and protection of human rights in Western Sahara and the Tindouf refugee camps.”
The draft resolution “calls upon all parties to cooperate fully with the operations of MINURSO including its free interactions with all interlocutors.” It also affirms support for the UN Secretary General’s personal envoy, Christopher Ross
In an unprecedented move, the United States has announced its intention to propose a draft resolution that would call for the establishment of a human rights monitoring mechanism in the Sahara.
The proposal was strongly rejected by Morocco, who intensified its diplomatic attention in order to thwart any decision that would modify the MINURSO’s mandate.
The United States has withdrawn its proposal to include a human rights monitoring organism in the Sahara after a fierce opposition from Morocco and the lobbying of other members of the Group of Friend of the UN Secretary General on the Western Sahara.
The Group of Friends of the UN Secretary General on the Sahara includes the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and Spain.