New York - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has begun a tour of the Maghreb region with the intention to breathe new life into the stalled political process to achieve a resolution to the Western Sahara conflict. The tour, which will not include Morocco, comes nine years after Ban Ki-moon assumed his post as UN Secretary General. The trip also comes nine years after the UN Security Council called on the parties involved to strive to reach a mutually acceptable political solution to the territorial dispute.

Samir Bennis is a political analyst.