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Date of posting : November 9, 2020

UN: European Union Reiterates Call for Census of Population in Tindouf Camps

 The European Union (EU) reiterated, Friday before the 4th Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, its call for the census by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) of the population of the Tindouf camps, in Algeria, as repeatedly requested by the Security Council.

The representative of Germany, who was making a statement on behalf of EU countries at the adoption by the Committee of a resolution on the Moroccan Sahara issue, underlined that the European Union remains “concerned” over the implications of the Sahara conflict on security and cooperation in the region.

The EU welcomes “the commitment of the UN Secretary General to relaunch negotiations with a new dynamic and a new spirit leading to the resumption of the political process, with the objective of achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution “to the Sahara conflict,” the diplomat said.

The EU, he said, continues “to encourage the parties to show political will and to work in an atmosphere conducive to dialogue in order to enter a new phase of negotiations, in good faith and without preconditions, taking note of the efforts made and the new developments since 2006”.

“It is important that the parties show more political will in order to reach a solution” to this regional dispute, he pointed out.

The EU also paid tribute to the efforts and work carried out by the former Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Sahara, Horst Köhler, in particular through the convening of the two round tables in Geneva between Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario, adding that it looks forward to the appointment of a new Personal Envoy to continue the UN-led political process.