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Date of posting : May 1, 2018

Renewal of Minurso for only Six Months ‘Should be an Exception’, Says French Diplomat

The renewal of the mandate of the MINURSO for only six months “should be an exception”, French ambassador at the United Nations, François Delattre, said on Friday.
“The renewal for only six months of the mandate of the mission, which is aimed at maintaining the mobilization of the Council in support of the political process, should be an exception,” Delattre told the Security Council following the adoption of resolution 2414, which extends the mandate of the MINURSO until 31 October 2018.

For the French diplomat, the maintenance of an annual framework “guarantees the stability of peacekeeping operations”.

He also said that the text voted “set a horizon that would enable the international community to prevent any risk of escalation and encouraged constructive dynamics with respect to the political process.”

Delattre reiterated his country’s “full support” for the political process under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General and the facilitation of his Personal Envoy, Horst Koehler, “in order to reach a fair, sustainable and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue “.

“We hope that this renewal will encourage the consolidation of this dynamic and support serious and credible efforts to advance the process, in accordance with the parameters set by the Security Council”, he added.

The Security Council adopted, on Friday afternoon, a resolution that extends the Minurso’s mandate for six months and reaffirms the pre-eminence of Morocco’s autonomy plan to move the process forward towards resolution.

In this resolution, the Security Council also expressed concern with the presence of the Polisario Front in the buffer strip in Guerguerat and called for its immediate withdrawal.