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Date of posting : December 13, 2017

UN General Assembly Reiterates Support for Political Process to Settle Moroccan Sahara Issue

The United Nations General Assembly adopted, without a vote, a resolution on the Moroccan Sahara, upon the recommendation of its Fourth Committee, in which it reiterates support for the political process conducted by the UN since 2007 as the only way to settle the Sahara issue.

The Assembly also called upon parties and States of the region to cooperate with the efforts of the Secretary General and his Personal Envoy in order to reach a mutually acceptable political solution.
The resolution supports the negotiation process initiated by resolution 1754 (2007) of the Security Council and backed by the Council’s resolutions 1783 (2007), 1813 (2008), 1871 (2009), 1920 (2010), 1979 (2011), 2044 (2012), 2099 (2013), 2152 (2014), 2218 (2015), 2285 (2016) and 2351 (2017) to reach a “fair, lasting and mutually acceptable” political solution to the Sahara issue.
It welcomed the parties’ commitment to working in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue, in order to enter into a more intensive phase of negotiations, while taking note of efforts and developments since 2006, thus ensuring the implementation of the Security Council’s resolutions.
In this regard, the resolution refers to the UN Security Council resolutions adopted since 2007 and which underline the pre-eminence of Morocco’s autonomy initiative that was hailed by the executive body and the entire international community as a serious and credible initiative for the final settlement of this regional dispute.