The United Nations Secretary General’s Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, is due to visit the region next September in order to revive talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front.
This visit of the American diplomat is believed to take place before the holding of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly next September.
Since January 2009, Morocco and the Polisario held 10 informal rounds of negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy, Christopher Ross. All of these negotiations have ended without any progress.
In April 2007, Morocco presented an Autonomy Plan that was described as “serious and credible” by influential members of the Security Council. The said plan proposes significant autonomy for the Sahara with a local government and a parliament, within the Moroccan sovereignty.
However, the Polisario Front, supported by Algeria, keeps rejecting the Moroccan plan and insists on the right of the population of the Western Sahara to exercise its self-determination through a referendum.