The European Union (EU) expressed, on Friday, its readiness to "contribute to measures that can create a positive climate" in the UN process on the Sahara issue, after the "momentum" given to this issue at the first round table meeting, held on Wednesday and Thursday in Geneva.

 "The participation of all delegations and the announcement of a second meeting in the first quarter of 2019 show that all participants are ready to continue their commitment under the auspices of the UN", says the EU in a statement by its spokesperson, stressing the need to "build on this momentum and actively pursue discussions in a spirit of compromise".

The statement notes that the Geneva discussions "rightly focused on key issues such as regional cooperation, job creation, regional development, stability and security, as well as youth".

For the EU, the holding of the first round table meeting in Geneva on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara reflects "the renewed efforts undertaken by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and his Personal Envoy, Horst Köhler", to resolve this dispute and bring the parties and neighbors together "in a spirit of openness and mutual respect".

08/12/2018