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UN Secretary-General: Status quo in Western Sahara may put credibility of United Nations at stake

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The Secretary-General of the United Nqtions, António Guterres, warned Friday that the deadlock and lack of progress in the political process in Western Sahara could put the credibility of the United Nations at stake.

In a report submitted to the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Western Sahara – a copy of which was obtained by the Sumoud website – Mr Guterres indicated that the Polisario Front is deeply disappointed with the United Nations’ handling of the Western Sahara issue.

The UN Secretary-General confirmed that he had received a letter from the Sahrawi President, Mr Brahim Ghali, in which he stressed that the failure of the United Nations Secretariat and the Security Council to act decisively has severely undermined the credibility of the United Nations and deepened the Sahrawi people’s lack of confidence in the already fragile United Nations peace process.

The situation in the occupied Sahrawi territories is deteriorating due to Moroccan policy aimed at preventing Sahrawis from expressing their political positions

The UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, confirmed in his report submitted on Friday to the UN Security Council that the situation in the occupied Sahrawi territories has deteriorated significantly due to the Moroccan policy aimed at preventing the Sahrawis from expressing their political positions.

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)’s lack of access to Western Sahara, according to the UN report, continues to cause significant interruptions in human rights monitoring in the region. Human rights defenders, researchers, lawyers and representatives of international non-governmental organizations also continue to face similar restrictions.

In his report, the Secretary-General called for respect, protection and promotion of the human rights of all persons in Western Sahara, including addressing outstanding human rights issues, strengthening cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and United Nations human rights mechanisms, and facilitating its monitoring missions.

Morocco’s attempts to impose a fait accompli policy in Western Sahara could undermine ceasefire and increase tension in the region

The UN Secretary-General emphasized in his report to the Security Council that Morocco’s attempts to impose the policy of fait accompli in Western Sahara may undermine the cease-fire and increase tension in the region.

 

The report stated that Moroccan policy in Western Sahara, such as the Moroccan Parliament’s approval of a law that includes the territorial waters of Western Sahara, the opening of consular representations of some countries in the occupied Sahrawi territories, and the exploitation of natural resources, are factors that could negatively affect the possibility of reaching a just and lasting political solution acceptable to both parties through negotiations.

Mr. Guterres pointed out that a just and lasting political solution acceptable to both sides and ensuring the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara still requires the parties and the international community to have strong political will.

He called on members of the Security Council, friends of Western Sahara and other relevant actors to encourage Morocco and the Polisario Front to engage, in good faith and without preconditions, in the political process once a new personal envoy is appointed. (Sumoud)

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