Algeria calls for direct dialogue between parties to conflict

New York (United Nations), 26 October 2021 (SPS) - Algeria called for a direct dialogue between the Polisario Front and Morocco, as the only way to achieve a fair and lasting settlement of the conflict in Western Sahara, said the permanent representative of Algeria to the United Nations, Sofiane Mimouni.

"Only a direct dialogue between the Polisario Front and the Kingdom of Morocco, in a spirit of respect and genuine commitment, could pave the way for a real hope of building a lasting peace in the region," Mimouni said during the general debate of the UN Fourth Committee on Special Political and Decolonization Issues.

Algeria hopes that the efforts of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his Personal Envoy Staffan de Mistura "will lead to an effective resumption of the settlement process of this conflict" in Western Sahara, occupied by Morocco since 1975, he said.

He added in this context that the recent appointment of Staffan de Mistura as UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara "is a positive step towards this goal."

The Algerian delegation in New York had already affirmed last Thursday that the so-called "round table" format for the resumption of negotiations on Western Sahara, referred to in the draft resolution on the extension of Minurso, is "ineffective and counterproductive," "because of their instrumentalization by the Moroccan authorities to divert from their responsibilities and distort the reality of the conflict in Western Sahara as a matter of decolonization," he concluded.