The Security Council met on Wednesday in a closed meeting to consult on Western Sahara and MINURSO’s mandate.
Rabat – The United Nations Security Council expressed hope that the parties involved in the Western Sahara conflict will remain engaged in constructively in the UN-led political process to end the conflict.
The 15 members of the Security Council met in a closed meeting on Wednesday which the UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, attended.
During the meeting, the members of the Security Council discussed the newly released report of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the situation in Western Sahara.
AFP quoted a diplomat following the Security Council meeting, who said that the participants said that the parties “must continue the discussions in a constructive manner.”
The German Mission to the UN shared a tweet on Wednesday, announcing that Kohler briefed the Security Council.
“Solution to the conflict must be mutually acceptable, realistic, practical and enduring & allow for self-determination by its people,” the mission added.
Solution to the conflict must be mutually acceptable, realistic, practical and enduring & allow for self-determination by its people. pic.twitter.com/hparASeyPM
— German Mission to UN (@GermanyUN) April 10, 2019
The German ambassador to the UN, Christoph Heusgen, said that the Security Council meeting was “very positive.”
In a statement to press, the ambassador said that both Kohler and Guterres’s special representative “gave a very realistic assessment on the situation.”
In his latest report, Guterres said that both roundtable discussions held in 2018 and 2019 on the conflict were characterized by a “positive spirit and respectful and constructive atmosphere.”
He also urged the parties involved in the conflict to “actively make gestures of good faith that demonstrate their willingness to make progress.”
The members of the Security Council also discussed the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the region, known as MINURSO.
The Security Council will meet again in two weeks to decide whether to extend the MINURSO mandate beyond April 30.
On October 31, the Security Council extended the MINURSO mandate for six months, half of the period requested by Guterres.
The Security Council is likely to extend the mandate of MINURSO for another six months at the end of this month.