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Sahara: The situation in Tindouf worries the UN Security Council

The UN Security Council on Tuesday hailed the role of the National Commissions of the National Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Dakhla and Laayoune, and the interaction of Morocco with the Special Procedures of the Rights Council of the United Nations.

In its resolution 2468 extending MINURSO’s mandate for a further six months to 31 October 2019, adopted by a large majority, the Security Council “welcomes the measures and initiatives taken by Morocco, and the role played by the National Human Rights Council operating in Dakhla and Laayoune, as well as the interaction of Morocco with the Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council”.

The Security Council also notes its “deep concern” at the “continuing suffering” of people in Tindouf camps in Algeria, as well as “their dependence on external humanitarian aid”.

The resolution thus reiterated the Security Council’s request for the registration and registration of the Tindouf camp populations, insisting that “efforts be made in this direction”.

The UN executive also stressed the importance of the commitment to continue the process of negotiations on the Moroccan Sahara under the auspices of the United Nations.

These negotiations, underlines the resolution, must be “under the auspices of the Secretary-General, without preconditions and in good faith, taking into account efforts made since 2006 and new developments since then, with a view to reaching a just political solution. sustainable and mutually acceptable of the Sahara issue”.

The resolution also calls for showing political will and working in an atmosphere conducive to dialogue in order to advance negotiations, thus ensuring the implementation of Security Council resolutions since 2007 and the success of the negotiations.

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