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Due to differences over new draft resolution, Security Council postpones session on Western Sahara until Friday

7 months ago at 27/Oct/2021 59

The UN Security Council has decided to postpone a session scheduled for Wednesday on Western Sahara, amid reports of differences over the final wording of a draft resolution extending the mission of MINURSO.

The Kenyan presidency did not mention the reasons for the postponement, but diplomatic sources confirmed that there were differences over the final text, particularly regarding the proposal to expand the powers of MINURSO on Western Sahara and the form of negotiations on the future of Western Sahara.

Members of the United Nations Security Council want to return to the balanced language that characterized Security Council resolutions years ago, given the new reality imposed by the state of war that has erupted since November 2020.

The Security Council is holding its debate on Western Sahara under urgent calls for the Council and the United Nations to deal with the Sahrawi issue with greater “responsibility and clarity,” in line with the new realities on the ground.

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