In his report on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara, issued today, UNSG Antonio Gutrerres informed members of the Security Council that the "Kingdom of Morocco responded positively, on Oct. 2, to the invitation of my Personal Envoy to an initial round table in Geneva", on Dec. 5-6, 2018.


The Secretary General said that, on Aug. 28, 2018, Morocco and Algeria had received from Personal Envoy Horst Köhler identical invitations to participate in this round table, in order to share viewpoints on the latest developments in the national question and the political process, led under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations, and to examine the regional aspects of this dispute.


Following Morocco's prompt and favorable response, the Secretary General urged Algeria to respond positively, in good faith and without preconditions, to the invitation of his Personal Envoy.


Morocco's agreement to take part in this round table mirrors its constant support for the efforts of the Secretary General and his Personal Envoy to revive the political process.


In this regard, Security Council Resolution 2414, adopted last April, calls on the parties to reach a realistic, pragmatic and durable political solution to the Sahara issue, based on compromise. The latter lauded Morocco for its serious and credible efforts, and reaffirmed the pre-eminence of the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative, the only and unique way to resolve this regional dispute for good.


The invitation sent to Morocco and Algeria, in the same terms, responds to the request by the Kingdom that this country, whose responsibility in the creation and maintenance of this regional dispute is proven, fully participates in all discussions on the national question.


The Secretary General's strong, frank and extremely clear call to Algeria to participate in the Geneva Round Table reflects the United Nations' will to make Algiers shoulder its responsibilities. It is in line with the provisions of resolution 2414 which strongly urged Algeria to make an important contribution to the political process and to get more involved in the negotiations.