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Western Sahara issue: United Nations plans to send fact-finding missions to region, strengthen coordination with African Union

3 months ago at 24/Jul/2020 25

Sumoudsh-24 July 2020 –  The United Nations (UN) confirmed that there is almost unanimity within the international organization on the need to search for new mechanisms to understand the situation in Western Sahara and contribute to reaching an urgent solution that enables the Sahrawi people to exercise the right to self-determination.

An official document – a copy of which was obtained by Sumoud site – made proposals for fact-finding missions to the region in order to better understand the situation on the ground and enhance coordination with the United Nations partners, in particular the African Union (AU).

The document revealed that the United Nations has faced over the past few months a real challenge of being able to maintain momentum in the political process following the resignation of Personal Envoy Horst Koehler.

The document affirmed that the United Nations is working at the present time to engage the two neighboring parties and countries to resume discussion on the issue of Western Sahara and to identify convergences of views, pending the appointment of a new personal envoy.

According to the document, the United Nations expects this work to contribute to the advancement of the efforts made by the parties to reach a solution that will enable the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination.

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