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Kohler to Discuss Western Sahara Developments at UN Security Council

Kohler to Discuss Western Sahara Developments at UN Security Council

Rabat – The UN envoy to Western Sahara is expected to hold a meeting at the Security Council on developments in Western Sahara.

The UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy to Western Sahara Horst Kohler requested the meeting, expected to take place next week behind closed doors, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.

The discussion will follow Kohler’s round of visits in Morocco’s Rabat and Laayoune in June.

He also visited the other parties to the conflict—Algeria and Mauritania—to deepen his understanding of the case.

On July 1, Kohler expressed satisfaction with his visit to the region, emphasizing that he met with many people and “visited different places.”

Kohler also applauded the progress and development in the region, especially in economic and social spheres.

The personal envoy expressed determination to work with all parties to the conflict to find a mutually acceptable political solution to the 40-year dispute over Western Sahara.

Kohler also met with officials in Morocco’s southern provinces, who reaffirmed that Morocco’s Autonomy Plan is the only solution.

The personal envoy visited the regional human rights commissions’ headquarters in Laayoune and Dakhla, cities in Western Sahara.

The regional tour came after the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2414 on April 27, which reaffirmed support for the United Nations mission to agree upon and mutually acceptable political solution.

The resolution also extended the mandate of the UN Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for six months.

The resolution also urged Algeria to contribute to the UN-led political process.

The resolution’s demand backed Morocco’s recent calls to Algeria to make an important contribution to the process and to engage more strongly to progress toward a political solution.

 

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