The UN mission in the Sahara, MINURSO, has taken seriously the recent threats voiced by Polisario propagandists via social networks against the presence of peacekeepers in the Guerguarat region.
Despite a renewed emphasis in the Security Council on the need for the Parties to be “realistic” and willing to “compromise” in order to achieve a “mutually acceptable political solution” to the problem in Western Sahara, the Polisario has remained stubbornly intractable on its core position.
Ever since Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and Peter van Walsum submitted his final report to the Security Council as the Secretary General’s Personal Envoy, there has been an added emphasis on the word “realistic” in the search for a solution to the problem in Western Sahara.
Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, sent on Thursday letters to the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and to the members of the Security Council, to inform them that "the European Parliament adopted, on January 16, 2019, in Strasbourg, the Exchange of...
It appears that UN Personal Envoy Horst Kohler’s reported request that the Parties refrain from extensive comments to the media following their Geneva meeting of December 5 and 6 has largely been respected, thus far. Little of substance has been reported. Nevertheless, there are some clues.
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.
A second round table on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara will take place in the course of the first quarter of 2019, the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Horst Koehler said Thursday evening in Geneva, indicating that all participating delegations in the first...
The round table on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, to take place on Wednesday and Thursday in Geneva, offers the opportunity to settle the issue of confidence-building measures, said Monday State Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mounia...
Invited by the UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara Horst Köhler to attend a round table on the Western Sahara conflict, Morocco, the Polisario, Algeria and Mauritania will have to send delegations on the 5th and 6th of December to Geneva (Switzerland).
So, MINURSO has been renewed for another six months and Horst Kohler will hold a meeting in Geneva in December. Does anyone expect Algeria or the Polisario to have an epiphany before gathering around the table with Morocco and Mauritania in Switzerland? Not very likely.