The UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed the new political momentum given by the round-table process initiated by the former Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Sahara, Horst Kohler, whose efforts in this regard have been commended by the Council.

In its resolution No 2494, the United Nations executive body welcomes the new momentum given by the two round tables on the Sahara issue held in December 2018 and in March 2019 in Geneva at the initiative of Mr. Kohler, while welcoming Morocco's "commitment" to joining the UN political process in a  in a respectful, meaningful way.


The Security Council encourages, in this regard, "the resumption of consultations between the next Secretary-General's Personal Envoy" and the parties to this regional dispute, namely Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and Polisario.


The UN body expresses its "full support for the ongoing efforts of the Secretary-General and his next Personal Envoy to maintain the renewed process of negotiations in order to achieve a solution to the Sahara issue".


The text also notes that the former Personal Envoy of the UN chief for the Sahara had agreed with Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and Polisario to hold a new meeting "in the same format" as that of the previous round tables held in Geneva.


The Security Council also welcomes "the commitment of Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario to remain engaged throughout the process, in a spirit of realism and compromise, in order to ensure its success ".


The resolution also calls for showing political will and working in an atmosphere conducive to dialogue in order to advance talks, thus ensuring the implementation of Security Council resolutions since 2007.