Mauritania participated in the UN’s two roundtable discussions about Western Sahara in Geneva.
Rabat – The leader of the Mauritanian People’s Progressive Alliance (APP) party, Ahmed Ould Iyahi, has promised that if elected in Mauritania’s June 22 presidential elections, he will find a political solution to the Western Sahara conflict satisfying all parties.
Ould Iyahi made the statements in an event he organized at a Youth House in Nouakchott in which he announced his election campaign.
Mauritania participated in the two Western Sahara roundtable discussions in Geneva that the UN-sponsored. Representatives from Morocco, Algeria, and Polisario also took part.
In an interview with Palestinian journalist Abdel Bari Atwan, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has said that powerful countries in the UN are more in favor of Morocco’s Western Sahara position than the settlement brokers would like to admit.
Aziz stated, “The West, Europe, and the US, do not want another state geographically separating Morocco and Mauritania.” He added, “Everything you hear outside of this frame is not correct.”
Abdel Aziz, a member of the ruling Union for the Republic (UPR) party, is not running for re-election, leaving the field open for a new candidate. The Economist’s Intelligence Unit predicts the election winner will be another UPR candidate or Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, an anti-slavery campaigner.