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Western Sahara issue tops agenda of United Nations, African Union Joint Task Force meeting

1 month ago at 21/Oct/2020 48

The issue of Western Sahara and the situation of the Sahrawi refugees topped the agenda of the United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security’s 19th Consultative Meeting held on 16 October 2020 in New York.

A statement issued by the United Nations – a copy of which was obtained by the Sumoud website – confirmed that the Joint Task Force called on the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, to speed up the appointment of a new personal envoy on Western Sahara.

The Joint Task Force encouraged the parties to the conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front, to refrain from rhetoric and actions that would affect the efforts to reach a solution to the Western Sahara issue.

The Joint Task Force discussed the resource shortfall for the humanitarian assistance for the Sahrawi refugees particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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