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Sahara: UN extends mandate of MINURSO

The UN Security Council decided on Tuesday to extend the mandate of MINURSO by six months, while once again recognizing the prominence of the Moroccan autonomy initiative to resolve the artificial conflict around the Sahara Moroccan.

The Security Council “decides to extend the mandate of the Minurso until October 31, 2019”, reads in the text of resolution 2468 presented by the United States, and adopted Tuesday by a large majority.

The Executive Body of the United Nations dedicated the prominence of the autonomy initiative, presented by the Kingdom on April 11, 2007, welcoming the “serious and credible efforts made by Morocco to move forward in the settlement process” of the Sahara conflict.

Likewise, the resolution reiterates Algeria as a key part of the process of finding “a political, realistic, practical and sustainable solution” and “compromise-based” to the Sahara issue.

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

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

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

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