Security Council schedules five lengthy sessions to discuss Sahara issue in October

Security Council schedules five lengthy sessions to discuss Sahara issue in October

Throughout the month of October, the UN Security Council is devoting five working and discussion sessions to the issue of the Western Sahara, according to the Council’s official website.

On Monday, the United Nations revealed its temporary monthly program for member states to discuss pending international files and issues within the Security Council, at the suggestion of Brazil, which leads the Security Council this October, including the discussion of the Sahara file within five main sessions.

The first session begins this evening, and is concerned with studying the detailed report submitted by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on evaluating the work of the “MINURSO” mission and reviewing its financial budget. This is the report that the Secretary-General of the Organization will present to the 15 member states that make up the Council, in the presence of his special envoy to the region, Stefan De Mistura, along with Russian Alexander Ivanko, head of the MINURSO mission.

As for the second session, according to the document, a copy of which MoroccoLatestNews obtained, it was scheduled for October 11, and will be dedicated to Staffan de Mistura presenting his briefing to the members of the Security Council, in addition to a technical meeting to discuss the problems and identify the obstacles faced by the members of the “MINURSO” mission east of the wall. Sandblasting insulation. This meeting will end with the formulation of recommendations that will be taken into account in the final report of the UN Secretary-General.

While the third session of the initial program was scheduled for October 16 to discuss and amend the draft report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Sahara conflict, and to discuss the possibility of renewing the mandate of MINURSO, which will end on October 31 of this year. This session will be attended by the UN Secretary-General, his special envoy, and the head of the MINURSO mission, in addition to the Deputy Secretary-General in charge of political affairs.

As for the decisive and final session, it will be devoted to adopting the final UN resolution on the 30th and 31st of this month, during which the fate of the UN mission MINURSO will be determined, and the most important developments in the file at the level of the political solution will be discussed and discussed, and the reactions of the parties to the artificial conflict (Morocco, Polisario, Algeria, and Mauritania) will be monitored during the round. The last one was carried out by Stefan De Mistura, Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the region.

The International Council is betting on how to revive the international path of negotiations and persuade all parties to return to the path of the round tables, which Algeria rejects, recalling UN Resolution No. 2654 of October 27, 2022, calling on all parties to the conflict to resume negotiations with the aim of “achieving a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution.” .

A month ago, Staffan de Mistura visited Laayoune and Dakhla, where he held a series of meetings with local authorities, elected representatives, sheikhs, and economic actors. He also held meetings with representatives of civil society, youth and women, where he stressed that all recommendations would be included in his briefing.

De Mistura indicated that the next report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the Sahara file contains “new information,” without giving more details about the subject.

The UN mediator also held a series of meetings with the parties to the conflict. Starting with a meeting that the United Nations described as “useful” with Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad in Rabat, and the leader of the separatist Polisario Front in New York, along with the Foreign Minister of Algeria, and ending with the Mauritanian party.

The Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Moroccan Sahara also visited investment projects and infrastructure of an economic and social nature, and reviewed the progress that had been made in implementing the new development model in the southern provinces, which was launched by King Mohammed VI in 2015.


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