AU Commission hails adoption of UN Security Council’s resolution 2351 on Western Sahara

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)May 1, 2017 (SPS) - The president of the African Union Commission (AU) Moussa Faki Mahamat hailed the unanimous adoption, last Friday, by the members of the United Nations Security Council, of the resolution 2351 (2017) on the Western Sahara issue which extended, for a year, the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Moussa Faki hailed “the constructive spirit and the determination of the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres to relaunch the negotiations process in order to reach a solution to the Western Sahara conflict which provides for the self-determination of the Sahrawi people.”

The Chadian diplomat also underlined, as stated in the resolution, “the need for an effective mission to monitor the ceasefire agreement,” and considered imperative that the two parties (Morocco and Polisario Front) respect this agreement and fully cooperate with the MINURSO.”

Finally, he reiterated the African Union’s determination “to work in close collaboration” with the UN Secretary General to advance the peace process and find a lasting solution to the conflict, in conformity with the decisions of the African Union and the UN resolutions.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted, last Friday, the resolution 2351 (2017) with which extends the MINURSO mandate until 30 April 2018. (SPS)