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Date of posting : May 3, 2017

UNSC Recommends Re-launching of Negotiations in Spirit of ‘Realism’, ‘Compromise’

The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday called for the resumption of negotiations on the Moroccan Sahara, stressing that “realism” and the spirit of “compromise” are “essential” in order to achieve progress in the negotiations.

In its resolution 2351, extending the mandate of the MINURSO by one year until April 30th, 2018 and adopted unanimously, the Council stressed the importance of “the commitment of the parties to continue the process of preparing a fifth round of negotiations “, noting that “realism and the spirit of compromise by the parties are essential for progress in the negotiations.”

In this context, the Council encouraged neighboring countries to “make an important contribution to this process.”

Members of the Council called on the parties to “demonstrate political will and work in an atmosphere conducive to dialogue in order to resume negotiations”.

In this regard, the Council welcomed the “serious and credible” efforts of Morocco “to move the process towards a resolution”, thus stressing the pre-eminence of the autonomy proposal in the Sahara, presented by the Kingdom in April 2007.

The Council also expressed its full support for the commitment of the Secretary-General and his personal envoy to reach an agreement on the Sahara issue and “to re-launch the negotiating process with a new dynamic and a new spirit leading to the resumption of a political process with the aim of achieving a mutually acceptable political solution.”

In this context, the Council insisted on the importance of resuming negotiations under the aegis of the United Nations “without preconditions and in good faith, taking into account the efforts made since 2006 and the subsequent developments, in order to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.”