The first roundtable was held in Geneva December 5-6 with the presence of all parties involved in the conflict.
Rabat – The spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, announced on Tuesday that the second roundtable discussion on Western Sahara will take place in the second half of March in Switzerland.
The spokesperson, however, did not give any further details about the meeting, which will see the participation of representatives from Morocco, Algeria, Polisario, and Mauritania.
“In preparation for the second round table, in February and early March, he has been holding bilateral consultations,” said Dujarric of the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Horst Kohler.
Kohler consulted with a Polisario delegation in Berlin this week, including the chairman of the self-styled Sahrawi National Council.
According to the “official” news agency of the front, the meeting focused on “launching the direct negotiation process between the parties to the conflict.”
Polisario wants self-determination. Morocco, however, has made it clear several times that the only solution to end the conflict is through Morocco’s autonomy plan.
In January, Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the UN Omar Hilale said that Morocco is ready to negotiate with the parties but only within the framework of its proposal.
“Outside autonomy, nothing, we are not ready to negotiate anything.”
Kohler is expected to also meet delegations from Morocco, Mauritania, and Algeria prior to the second roundtable.
Following the second roundtable, the UN Security Council will hold a series of consultations on MINURSO and the regional conflict April 9-10.
The consultations will be followed by a report from the Secretary-General on the conflict as well as the adoption of a new resolution.
Kohler announced his plans to convene the parties to the conflict for a second roundtable at the end of the first, which took place December 5-6, 2018, in Geneva.
All of the parties involved in the regional conflict attended the meeting, showing commitment to the UN-led political process to end the 44-year old dispute.
Kohler reiterated his plan to convene the parties during a consultation meeting on MINURSO with the Security Council on January 29.