ALGERIA CALLS FOR RESMPUTION OF TALKS ON WESTERN SAHARA
UNITED NATIONS, — Algeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sabri Boukadoum, has called for the resumption of talks between the Polisario Front and Morocco to end the stalemate in the UN peace process in the Western Sahara.
Following the debate of the UN Fourth Committee on Special Political and Decolonization, the Algerian representative said here Monday that the Sahrawi question was still deadlocked and there were attempts to “take over the peace process”.
“The main fact is that last year did not see any positive progress and the absence of positive progress is not a good sign,” he told the Committee shortly before the adoption of a resolution on the Western Sahara, re-affirming the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination.
“My message is simple: Let’s start with what was requested in the Security Council Resolution 2285 in 2016; namely the holding of a fifth round of negotiations between the two parties,” added Boukadoum, whop added that the international community should support UN Envoy Christopher Ross to help revive the negotiation process stopped in 2012.
“Ross is facing many obstacles, hampering him to fulfill his commitment to visit the region so to revive the talks,” he noted.
“Recent history has shown that barriers to peaceful solutions never allowed to achieve peace,” stressed Boukadoum, stating that the situation in the occupied territories is “worrying” and could lead to “an increasingly uncertain future”.
Algeria’s representative said the Western Sahara conflict could only be settled by ensuring the Sahrawi people’s “inalienable right to self-determination in line within Resolution 1514”.
“The principle of a self-determination referendum is a decision approved by the United Nations and also a compromise that has already been negotiated and accepted by both parties to the conflict,” he pointed out.
Source: Nam News Network