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Western Sahara: UN Envoy De Mistura to Visit Morocco for Regional Tour

Rabat - The UN Secretary-General Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, will arrive today in Morocco, as a part of his regional tour to meet with involved parties in the Sahara dispute. 

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said yesterday in a press briefing that de Mistura will hold talks with Moroccan officials to find solutions for the four-decade long Sahara dispute.

De Mistura also intends to visit the Western Sahara region as part of his trip, added Dujarric, highlighting that “during this phase of the engagement, the Personal Envoy intends to remain guided by the clear precedents set by his predecessors.”

In January 2022, the UN official carried out his first tour to the region, during which he met a Moroccan delegation in Rabat to discuss the Western Sahara dispute.

With this new phase of visits, de Mistura “looks forward to deepening the consultations he initiated at that time with all parties concerned on the perspectives to constructively advance the political process on Western Sahara,” added Dujarric.

The parties involved in the dispute are Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and the Polisario Front.In an attempt to advance the political process on the Sahara question, the UN Security Council has called for a shared commitment from the four parties to find a mutually acceptable solution to the decades-old territorial dispute.

But the much-touted UN-led political process has witnessed stagnation in recent months due to Algeria and Polisaro’s rejection of the UN Security Council’s latest resolution that called for a lasting, politically negotiated solution to the regional dispute.


Source: Morocco World News.

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