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At request of Germany: UN Security Council holds meeting on Western Sahara

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The UN Security Council will meet next Monday, at the request of Germany, to discuss the conflict in Western Sahara, Reuters reported Thursday, citing diplomatic sources at the UN.

The meeting, scheduled behind closed doors, comes after the decision of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Morocco’s alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara in return for the normalization of relations between the kingdom and the Zionist entity.

On Tuesday, in violation of international law, the US Ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft, forwarded a copy of Trump’s proclamation on Western Sahara to UN SG Antonio Guterres and the Security Council.

Last week’s unilateral announcement by Trump goes “against the commitment of the United States to the principles of annexation of territory by force and the right of peoples to self-determination, both enshrined in the UN Charter”, deplored the former UN envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, referring to it as a “senseless and ill-considered decision”.

Meanwhile, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who will succeed Trump on January 20, will have to decide on the U.S. deal with Morocco.

For the UN, “the position remains unchanged” vis-à-vis the Sahrawi issue. “The UN SG remains convinced that a solution to the question of Western Sahara is possible, in accordance with the resolutions of the Security Council,” said UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.

In October, the 15-member Security Council extended the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another year.

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