UN seeks to hold donor conference for Western Sahara in Geneva before June

WASHINGTON- United Nations wants to hold a donor conference for the occupied Western Sahara in Geneva before June, the deputy spokesman of the UN secretary general, Farhan Haq, said Monday.

Ban Ki-moon will call for a donor conference to be held before June in Geneva, Switzerland, to provide relief aid to Saharawi refugees in the camps, Haq told reporters.

Ban Ki-moon, who wrapped up Monday a visit to Algeria, said he was saddened by the four decade-long humanitarian tragedy in Western Sahara.

He pledged to reset United Nations mediation for direct talks between the Polisario Front and Morocco.

Insisting on Saharawi people's inalienable right to self-determination, the UN chief said he would make further efforts to push forward the negotiations.