Security Council consultations on Western Sahara on 21st of April

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PUSL.- On the 21st of April a VTC Consultation will take place where the UN Secretariat, DPPA-DPO (Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations), and Special Representative and Head of MINURSO will brief the UN Security Council on the situation in Western Sahara.

This briefing takes place in accordance to SC resolution 2548 artice 10 which requested the United Nations Secretary General to brief the Security Council regularly and within 6 months from the mandate renewal of MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) next October 2021.

Since the end of the cease fire between the Kingdom of Morocco and Polisario Front, that resulted from the military attack by Moroccan forces against Saharawi civilians in the Buffer Zone near Guergarat neither the UN Secretary General nor the Security Council took any action in view to protect the Saharawi civil population in the occupied territories that have been victims of serious human rights violations and leave under a moorccan military siege contrary to International Law and International Humanitarian Law.

The Security Council counts with some new members namely Kenia, Norway, Mexico and Ireland. The case of Western Sahara has been dragged out in the Security Council since 1991 without any positive advance which has allowed the Moroccan Kingdom to continue its war crimes in total impunity as well as reinforce the numbers of Moroccan settlers.

Concerning human rights, France a permanent member of the Security Council with Veto power has been the visible face of opposition to include any UN human rights protection for the Saharawi population.