The Moroccan government believes that the newly adopted resolution is friendly and in line with its principles regarding the conflict.
Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita has said that the new UN resolution adopted on Tuesday is of “particular importance” because it contains a “qualitative evolution” and structuring elements for the political process.
The minister said that Resolution 2468 specifies the parameters of a definitive solution to the regional dispute over Western Sahara.
Bourita told the press that the Security Council clearly identifies the parties to the regional conflict by name.
“For the first time since 1975, the Security Council mentions Algeria five times” in the text.
Bourita translated the council’s mention of Algeria as recognition that Algeria’s “strong, continuous and constructive involvement” is necessary to end the regional conflict.
The minister also recalled that the resolution consolidated the achievements of Morocco, including the preeminence of the Autonomy Plan and the imperative of taking a census of Sahrawis living in Tindouf camps in Algeria.
On Tuesday afternoon, 13 members of the Security Council voted for the resolution, which extended the UN peacekeeping operation, otherwise known as MINURSO, for six months.
Only South Africa and Russia abstained from voting.
In addition to Bourita, Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the UN Omar Hilale also expressed satisfaction with the new resolution.
Hilale said that the Security Council welcomed the positive momentum of the two round-table meetings, held in December and March, and urges Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and Polisario to engage seriously in the political process to find areas of agreement.
The diplomat added that the resolution also “urged Algeria” to contribute to finding a political solution, in the “same way and on an equal footing as Morocco.”
“I would like to emphasize that Algeria is mentioned as many times as Morocco, in relation to the political process. In Resolution 2414 [of April 2018], Algeria was not mentioned in any paragraph,” noted the Moroccan ambassador.