Thu 26/11/2020

UN Security Council postpones its session on Western Sahara

4 weeks ago at 28/Oct/2020 42

The UN Security Council postponed its session on Wednesday evening after the United Nations decided to cancel all meetings held in person, after a member state confirmed that five of its staff had been infected with Coronavirus.

Sources close to Russia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, which chairs the Security Council in October, reported that the session scheduled for the extension of the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) was postponed until Friday, October 30, and it is likely to be held via video conference.

The meeting is held amid a special situation characterized by rising tensions in the Guerguerat region, which has been the scene of mass popular protests in opposition to the continuation of the situation in Western Sahara and the failure of the United Nations to meet its obligations to hold a referendum for the self-determination of the Sahrawi people.

The stalemate in the Sahrawi issue has encouraged Morocco to pursue its plans to impose the fait accompli of the occupation in Western Sahara.

Many voices have recently been voiced at a Security Council session calling for “the urgent appointment of a new UN envoy for Western Sahara, in order to maintain the political momentum achieved over the past months,” warning of “the serious consequences of the current stalemate.”

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