The UN extends its mission in Western Sahara for another six months The UN extended its peace mission in Western Sahara (Minurso) for six months, instead of the traditional twelve, in order to continue pressing the parties to negotiate a solution to the conflict.

With twelve votes in favor and three abstentions, the United Nations Security Council gave its approval to a proposal by the United States, which was discussed until the last moment, given that countries like France preferred a one-year term.

At the US request, the Minurso had already been renewed last April for only six months in order to put pressure on Morocco and the Polisario Front to sit at the negotiating table after years of blockade.

For Washington, that approach has been successful and has facilitated that the two parties have agreed to meet next December in Geneva at a meeting organized by the UN mediator, Horst Köhler. Read more

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French MP alerts government to the situation of Saharawi population

PUSL.- Mr Loïc Prud’homme alerts the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs about the situation in Western Sahara and the fate of Sahrawi refugees.

At its meeting of April 27, 2018, the UN Security Council voted a resolution extending for six months the mandate of the UN mission for the organization of a referendum in Western Sahara.

On October 31, 2018, this mandate will be questioned and with it a process that has been going on for 27 years and still not finalized to date. This process was set up to respond to the demand of the Saharawi people to assert their right to self-determination in the territory of Western Sahara, materialized by the declaration of independence of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). in 1976 by the Polisario Front, a Sahrawi representation supported by Algeria. Read more

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