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Date of posting : May 1, 2019

Moroccan Sahara: UNSC Resolution 2468 Meets Largely Morocco’s Expectations, Diplomat

Morocco welcomes the adoption, on Tuesday by the UN Security Council, of resolution 2468 on the Moroccan Sahara, which largely meets the expectations of the Kingdom, said Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Omar Hilale.

The resolution confirms the round-table process as the one and only way to reach a political solution to this regional dispute, Hilale said at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York following the adoption by the UN Security Council, by a large majority, of resolution 2468 extending the mandate of MINURSO by six months.

“As you can see, the Council no longer mentions a 5th round of negotiations, thus answering a key requirement of Morocco that the current process should distance itself and draw lessons from past failures,” he noted.

He said the UN executive body welcomes the positive momentum given by the two round-table meetings held in December and March and urges Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the polisario to engage seriously in the political process to identify elements of agreement.

Resolution 2468 specifically confirms, after resolution 2440, the role of Algeria as the main party concerned in this dispute, he said.

Algeria is urged by the Council to contribute to the search for a solution, in the same way and on an equal footing as Morocco, until the completion of the political process, the diplomat underlined.

“I would like to emphasize that Algeria is mentioned as many times as Morocco, in relation to the political process. In Resolution 2414, Algeria was not mentioned in any paragraph,” noted the Moroccan ambassador.

The Security Council reaffirmed in its 3rd consecutive resolution on the Sahara issue that the purpose of the exclusively UN process is to reach a realistic, pragmatic, durable political solution which is based on compromise, he said.