- The United Nations Security Council has applauded the resumption of talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front in Western Sahara. The next month's talks wil include the stakeholders and neighbours, Algeria and Mauritania.
A statement read by the Security Council President, Wang Guangya of China, the council expressed delight over the resumption of talks.
“The members of the Security Council support the agreement by the parties that negotiations will continue in the second week of August under UN auspices and expresses their hope that the parties will use the next round of negotiations to engage in good faith in substantial negotiations on the way forward in accordance with resolution 1754 (2007),” President Wang said.
After the last month's talks, the Secretary General's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Peter Van Walsum, reported the willingness of the parties to continue negotiations in the second week of August. And on 29 June, the Council also welcome the report of the Secretary General on the status and progress of the negotiations on Western Sahara.
The 15-member body reaffirm its strong support for the efforts of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy to implement resolution 1754 (2007).
After the Council meeting, Van Wasulum spoke to reporters, describing the recent talks as a positive first step towards resolving the situation in Western Sahara.
Since 1991, the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Polisario Front had been in the country.
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