Christopher Ross meets with Aminatou Haidar and other Polisario supporters

Ross is also expected to travel to Smara, 240 kilometres (145 miles) southeast of Laayoune, to meet with tribal chiefs and civil society representatives. He will leave the  Sahara on Monday.


Ross started on Monday a trip to the region with the aim of reviving the stalled negotiations process between Morocco and the Polisario. The is the second such trip made by the Ban Ki-moon’ personal envoy to the Sahara this year.


Ross held earlier this week talks in Rabat with head of the government, Abdelilah Benkirane, speakers of the House of representatives and chamber of advisors, respectively Karim Ghellab and Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah and minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar.


The UNSG Personal envoy to the Sahara is due to submit a report to the Security Council at the end of this month on the situation on the ground and the way to move forward towards finding a solution to the long-standing dispute of the Sahara.