Resolution 2468 specifically confirms the role of Algeria as “the main party” concerned in the dispute, he said.
Rabat – Morocco welcomes the adoption by the UN Security Council of Resolution 2468 on Western Sahara, which largely meets the country’s expectations, said Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Omar Hilale.
The resolution confirms the round-table process as the one and only way to reach a political solution to the regional dispute, Hilale said at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York following the resolution’s adoption by a large majority. Resolution 2468 extended the mandate of MINURSO by six months.
“As you can see, the Council no longer mentions a 5th round of negotiations, thus answering a key requirement of Morocco that the current process should distance itself and draw lessons from past failures,” he noted.
Hilale said the UN executive body welcomes the positive momentum given by 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.
Resolution 2468 specifically confirms, after Resolution 2440, the role of Algeria as “the main party” concerned in this dispute, he said.
The council urged Algeria to contribute to finding a solution, in the same way and on an equal footing as Morocco, until the completion of the political process, the diplomat underlined.
“I would like to emphasize that Algeria is mentioned as many times as Morocco, in relation to the political process. In Resolution 2414, Algeria was not mentioned in any paragraph,” noted the Moroccan ambassador.
The Security Council reaffirmed in its third consecutive resolution on Western Sahara that the purpose of the exclusively UN process is to reach a realistic, pragmatic, durable political solution which is based on compromise, Hilale said.