Security Council calls on parties to conflict to resume negotiations without any pre-conditions

APS - 01 November 2018

NEW YORK- The Security Council called Wednesday Morocco and the Polisario Front to resume negotiations without any pre-conditions and in good faith “to reach a fair, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that enables the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination.”

Following its resolution extending by six months the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), the Security Council stressed the importance for the two sides “to commit, once again, for the progress of the political process with a view to a fifth series of negotiations.”

The last time the Polisario Front and Morocco held negotiations together goes back to March 2012 in Manhasset in the United States.

Since then, the peace process is at a standstill.

With 12 votes in favor and three abstentions (Bolivia, Russia and Ethiopia), UN Security Council adopted a resolution extending by six months this mission’s mandate, a vote that occurred two days after the intense negotiations on the text presented by the United States of America.