Algeria is a ‘concerned party’ to Morocco’s Western Sahara

Algeria is a ‘concerned party’ to Morocco’s Western Sahara

The United Nations has just officially published on its website the report of the Secretary General to the Security Council on the Moroccan Sahara. In his report, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres mentioned Algeria 20 times, confirming and consecrating that it is indeed a main party to this regional dispute.

Guterres recalled Algeria’s participation, like other stakeholders, in the informal bilateral consultations held by the Personal Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, in New York on March 30, 2023.

The UNSG also recalled de Mistura’s various visits to Algiers and his meetings with foreign ministers and senior Algerian officials, as a party to the dispute over the Morocco’s Sahara. This is also confirmed by Security Council resolutions, including 2654, which cites Algeria as many times as Morocco.

The United Nations Secretary-General invited Algeria as a “concerned party” to develop and clarify its position, in order to advance towards a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to this dispute, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2654.

He also enjoined Algeria, as a concerned party, to engage in good faith and with the necessary political will, with the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Moroccan Sahara, in order to achieve a political, realistic, pragmatic and lasting solution, that is based on compromise and on Security Council resolutions since 2018.

Guterres also revealed the blatant contradictions of Algeria, which is trying to hide behind a pseudo status of “observer State”, and at the same time confirmed to the Personal Envoy “that it is very concerned by the absence of a solution”. A concern which says a lot about its indisputable and direct involvement in this artificial dispute since it created it.

The UN Secretary General also pointed out at Algeria for “continuing to oppose the round table format”, in blatant violation of Security Council resolutions including resolution 2654, which confirm that the Round tables are the only framework for the exclusively UN political process.

In addition, the senior UN official explicitly stated that the deterioration of relations between Algeria and Morocco is worrying and continues to affect the situation in the Sahara and the quest for a solution to this regional dispute, noting that the role of Algeria is crucial to resolving this regional conflict.

In a new demonstration of Algeria’s primary responsibility in maintaining this dispute, Guterres indicated that the efforts of his Personal Envoy to the Moroccan Sahara continue in a context of regional tensions, adding that de Mistura took note of the deep concern he heard in several capitals regarding relations between Algeria and Morocco, while citing assurances from officials in Algiers and Rabat that no further escalation was sought.


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