The second roundtable is expected to begin at about 2 p.m. in Chateau Le Rosey, Geneva, Switzerland.
Rabat – A few hours ahead of the second UN roundtable discussion on Western Sahara, Moroccan television channel 2M announced that Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita met with the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara Horst Kohler.
Kohler also met with the other delegations representing Algeria, Mauritania, and Polisario.
Algeria’s newly appointed foreign minister Lamamra Ramtane will represent Algeria in the meeting. Ramtane took his post amid nationwide protests in Algeria against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s government.
Thursday, March 21 marks the first day of the second roundtable’s working sessions. The working session of the second roundtable will begin at about 2 p.m. in LeRosey Place, 30 kilometers from Geneva.
Both Morocco and Mauritania decided to send the same delegations as they did during the first roundtable.
State-owned channel 2M said that Mauritania’s foreign minister Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will lead his delegation.
The Polisario Front has not announced the members of its delegation yet.
The roundtable comes after a series of separate consultations between Kohler and the parties in the last few months.
Following the consultations, Kohler sent invitations to the second roundtable he had promised at the end of the first roundtable, which took place December 5-6 in Geneva.
The United Nations said on March 19 that the second roundtable will take place in “accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2440 as a further step in the political process towards reaching a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable solution.”
The roundtable’s purpose, according to the UN, is for the parties involved in the conflicts to “start approaching elements needed for building an enduring solution based on compromise.”