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Date of posting : May 1, 2018

UNSC Renews MINURSO’s Mandate for Six Months, Reaffirms Pre-eminence of Autonomy Initiative

 The United Nations Security Council extended, on Friday, MINURSO’s mandate for six months (until October 31st, 2018) and reaffirmed the pre-eminence of the Moroccan autonomy initiative to resolve the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara.

The Security Council “decides to extend the mandate of MINURSO until October 31st, 2018”, notes the text of resolution 2414 submitted by the United States, which was passed by 12 votes in favor, 0 against and 3 abstentions (Russia, China, Ethiopia).

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

The Security Council also stresses “the importance of the renewed commitment of the parties to move forward in the political process in preparation for a fifth round of negotiations, in a spirit of realism and compromise”, which are “indispensable” for progress in the negotiations.

In this regard, the resolution calls on the parties to show political will and work in an atmosphere conducive to dialogue with a view to resuming negotiations in order to achieve “a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution”.

It reiterates its call on “the parties and neighboring States to cooperate more fully with the United Nations and with each other, and to strengthen their commitment in order to make progress towards a political solution” to this conflict.

In this context, the Council recognizes that “the political solution of this long-standing dispute and the strengthening of cooperation between the member States of the Arab Maghreb Union would contribute to stability and security, leading in turn to the creation of jobs, growth and opportunities for all the peoples of the Sahel”.