New York - Venezuela and Angola have failed in introducing new amendments to the UN Security Council draft resolution on the Western Sahara, which was submitted by the United States to the members of the Council on Wednesday evening, a source from inside the Security Council told Morocco World News.
New York – Venezuela and Angola have failed in introducing new amendments to the UN Security Council draft resolution on the Western Sahara, which was submitted by the United States to the members of the Council on Wednesday evening, a source from inside the Security Council told Morocco World News.
The new version draft resolution, which is prepared every year by Washington, the penholder for resolutions on the Western Sahara, was discussed between the members of the Group of Friends of Western Sahara, which, in addition to the United States, includes France, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Spain.
The language of the draft resolution has been watered down thanks to the efforts made by France, Morocco’s major political ally, and one of the Security Council’s veto-wielding members.
Following two days of intense negotiations between Moroccan diplomats and members of the Group of Friends, the US submitted the final draft to the other members of the Security Council for consideration on Wednesday less than 24 hours before the adoption of the resolution on Thursday.
The move angered the delegations of Venezuela, Angola, Uruguay, and to a lesser extent New Zealand, who asked for more time to review the draft resolution and propose new amendments.
The Venezuelan and Angolan delegations have striven to convince the Security Council to adopt a more coercive language, as well as to condemn Morocco following its decision to expel the civilian component of the United Nations Mission in the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO.
During an informal closed-door meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday afternoon to hear a briefing from Christopher Ross, the UN envoy to the Western Sahara, and from Hervé Ladsous, the United Nations Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Venezuela stressed the need to hold a referendum, asked for more time to discuss the draft resolution and requested that the resolution include a condemnation of Morocco for expelling MINURSO.
Angola adopted the same position. Its representative criticized the fact that the resolution does not include any provisions for the immediate return of MINURSO, according to the proceedings of the meeting obtained exclusively by Morocco World News.
While the final draft resolution emphasizes the “urgent need for MINURSO to return to full functionality,” it does not set a timeframe for its return. In addition, the new text provides for any coercive measures should Morocco not allow its return.
Our source inside the Security Council told Morocco World News that at least two countries, most probably Venezuela and Angola might abstain. New Zealand and Uruguay may also follow suit.