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Date of posting : April 11, 2020

Security Council: Round Table Process, Only Way to Achieve Final Political Solution to Regional Dispute Over Moroccan Sahara

The UN Security Council has reiterated the parameters it had set out in its resolutions 2414, 2440, 2468, and 2494 to achieve a final solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara at its briefing on the Moroccan Sahara issue, held Thursday in accordance with resolution 2494, adopted on October 30, 2019, said diplomatic sources in the UN.

In order to achieve this solution, the Security Council members agreed that there is no other alternative than the Round Table Process, which brought together in Geneva in December 2018 and March 2019 Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and the “Polisario”, at the end of which the participants agreed to meet again in the same format.
This political solution can only be realistic, pragmatic, lasting, and based on compromise, which are the parameters already set out in the last resolutions and which unequivocally refer to the Moroccan autonomy initiative, deemed as serious and credible by the Security Council since 2007.
Algeria’s agitation on the issue of the designation of a new Personal Envoy, as shown by a deluge of news reports from the Algerien state-owned press agency and its national and Polisario relays, is all the more incomprehensible as it takes place at a time when the Security Council has rejected the candidacy of Ramtane Laamamra in the race for the UN Secretary-General Special Envoy to Libya.
Algeria’s agitation confirms once again its status as a main party to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.
If Algeria wishes to live up to the role assigned to it by the Security Council resolution 2494, its activism should have been mobilized to strengthen its commitment to the Round Table process, in a constructive manner and by displaying realism and compromise, until its end.
Algeria, moreover, struggled through some of its relays to introduce into the work of the briefing a reference to COVID-19, in an unfortunate attempt to instrumentalize the pandemic, while cooperation and solidarity spirit should have prevailed in the fight against this pandemic at these particular times.