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Date of posting : May 1, 2019

UN Security Council Extends by Six Months MINURSO Mandate

 The UN Security Council decided, on Tuesday, to extend by six months MINURSO’s mandate, reaffirming anew the pre-eminence of the Moroccan autonomy initiative to settle the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara.

The Security Council has decided to extend MINURSO’s mandate until 31 October 2019, says resolution N° 2468, which was adopted by a large majority.

The executive body of the United Nations has enshrined, once again, the pre-eminence of the autonomy initiative, presented by Morocco on April 11, 2007, commending the serious and credible efforts made by Morocco to move forward in the process aimed at settling the Sahara conflict.

The resolution underlines, once again, that Algeria is a main party to the process seeking to find a realistic, practical and lasting political solution to the Sahara issue.

In this regard, the resolution calls for showing political will and working in an atmosphere conducive to dialogue with the aim of advancing talks, thus ensuring the implementation of Security Council resolutions since 2007 and the success of negotiations.

The Security Council acknowledges, in this regard, that a political solution to this long-standing dispute and the strengthening of cooperation amongst Arab Maghreb Union member states would contribute to stability and security, which will boost the creation of jobs, growth and opportunities for all the peoples of the Sahel region.

The resolution underlines the need for “realism and a spirit of compromise to move forward in the negotiations”.