Thu 29/10/2020

UN SC receives Secretary-General’s report on situation in Western Sahara, three meetings are expected

4 weeks ago at 01/Oct/2020 70

The UN Security Council members are expected on Thursday to receive the report of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, on the situation in Western Sahara, according to the Russian presidency of the UN Security Council.

The issue of Western Sahara will be debated as three meetings are scheduled for October 12, 28, 31 to discuss the UN Secretary General’s report and vote on a new resolution on Western Sahara, said Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, President of the Security Council, Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya, in a press conference held Thursday evening at the UN headquarters on the monthly program of the Security Council for October.

A source close to the UN Security Council had expected that the organization of the self-determination referendum in Western Sahara would gradually return to debate inside the corridors of the UN Security Council.

In a paper prepared by a circle close to the UN Security Council, the current stalemate and the failure of efforts to resolve the Western Sahara issue may lead the UN Security Council to discuss the referendum in Western Sahara, as it is the main task of UN mission MINURSO.

The UN Secretary-General is expected to issue a report over the coming days on developments in Western Sahara, containing recommendations presented to the UN Security Council.

The UN Security Council will hold meetings in October before voting on a new resolution on Western Sahara.

The paper confirmed that there is almost unanimity among the members of the UN Security Council on the negative repercussions of the delay in appointing a new special envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara on the situation in the region. (Sumoud)

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