The message comes as Moroccan diplomats express satisfaction with the increasing recognition of Morocco’s “serious and credible” efforts to end the decades-long conflict.
Rabat – The European Union has welcomed the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2468 on Western Sahara, saying it is “satisfied” with the content and purpose of the resolution.
On Tuesday, 13 members—including four permanent—of the UNSC adopted Resolution 2468 on the mission and significance of MINURSO, the UN peacekeeping body in the disputed territories in Western Sahara.
The resolution extended MINURSO’s mandate by six more months, meaning the body is given green light to operate until October 31. The text of the resolution also highlights the mission’s importance for the success of the ongoing political process to broker a settlement in Western Sahara.
MINURSO is primarily tasked with monitoring the current status quo while UN diplomats work on the confidence building and compromises needed to bring the conflicting parties to the negotiating table.
Reprising the language in Resolution 2468, an EU spokesperson said on Thursday that the extension of the MINURSO mandate is a good development in the Western Sahara dossier.
“MINURSO plays an important role by maintaining stability on the ground to accompany the UN-led political process,” the spokesperson noted.
She added that Brussels supports the efforts that the UN’s Western Sahara envoy Horst Kohler is making to gradually establish a ground of negotiations and compromise between the parties involved in the conflict.
According to the spokesperson, Brussels especially welcomes the resolution’s insistence on a “political, mutually acceptable, and compromise-based settlement consistent with the principles of the UN Charter.”
The EU’s message comes as an additional—though diplomatically articulated— supportive nod to Morocco’s Western Sahara autonomy plan.
In the immediate aftermath of the adoption of Resolution 2468, many other countries—including France and the US—acknowledged Morocco’s “credible and serious efforts” in finding a lasting settlement to the Western Sahara conflict.
Of the 15 members of the UNSC, only South Africa, a non-permanent member, a self-appointed defender of “Sahrawi nationalism,” and a stout Polisario supporter, took issue with the resolution.
“This is again an example of an African issue being decided by those that are not from the continent,” said Jerry Matjila, South Africa’s ambassador at the UN. Matjila described the resolution as “biased.”
The EU is a strong Moroccan ally on several strategic issues, and Brussels has shown unwavering support for a number of Moroccan interests on multiple occasions in recent months. Most notably, Brussels recently decided to renew its fisheries and agriculture deals with Rabat, in spite of pro-Polisario circles’ pointed condemnations and calls for boycott.