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Date of posting : December 6, 2018

A second Round Table on Regional Dispute over Moroccan Sahara in First Quarter of 2019

 A second round table on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara will take place in the first quarter of 2019, announced a statement by the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Horst Koehler, released Thursday in Geneva.

“Delegations agreed that the Personal Envoy would invite them to a second round table in the first quarter of 2019,” said the statement read by Kohler before the press.

The same source recalled that, at the invitation of Koehler, delegations from Morocco, Algeria, polisario and Mauritania took part in a first round table on December 5-6 in Geneva, in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolution 2440.

Delegations, the statement said, “reported on recent developments, tackled regional issues and discussed next steps in the political process for the Sahara”

“All delegations agreed that regional cooperation and integration, rather than confrontation, were the best way to address the many important challenges facing the region,” the statement noted, adding that “all discussions took place in an atmosphere of serious commitment, openness and mutual respect”.

This first round table took place on Wednesday and Thursday at the Palace of Nations in Geneva, with the participation of a Moroccan delegation led by Nasser Bourita, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The Moroccan delegation to this round table included Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom to the United Nations in New York, Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid, president of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region, Ynja Khattat, president of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region and Fatima Adli, community actor and member of Smara’s municipal council.