The UNSC resolution 2440, adopted on Wednesday by a large majority of the executive body's members, said, for the first time ever, that Algeria is a main party to the process seeking to find a realistic, practical and durable political solution to the Sahara issue.
The resolution which reaffirmed, anew, the pre-eminence of the Moroccan autonomy initiative to solve the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara, extended for six months the MINURSO mandate until April 30, 2019.
In its second paragraph, the text urged Algeria to take part in the Geneva round-table talks and to work constructively with the personal envoy (of the UN Secretary General for the Sahara) in a spirit of compromise during the whole process to ensure its success.
The resolution called on the parties to show political will and work in an atmosphere conducive to dialogue with a view to making headway in negotiations, thus ensuring the implementation of UNSC resolutions since 2007 and the success of talks.
The resolution swept aside the false allegations of the polisario concerning the so-called "freed territory", maintained by Algeria and the separatist movement. In fact, the commitment, duly laid down in resolution 2440, by the polisario to Horst Kohler about not returning to Guergarate or transferring facilities east of the defense structure is an explicit admission that these "freed territories" are a hoax.