UN SC call for full restoration of UN mission in Western Sahara

New York, 25 March 2016 (SPS) - The UN Security Council on Thursday called for the full restoration of the UN mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

According to Spanish news agency EFE, the position that was announced by president of the Security Council Angolan Ambassador Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins, was taken following closed consultations of the Security Council members. 

The Angolan ambassador highlighted that the Council members expressed their deep concern about the current situation, reminding that the UN peacekeeping missions around the world and its 16 missions operating under a mandate from the Security Council to carry out critical tasks.

The Representative of the Polisario Front to the United Nations, Mr. Bukhari Ahmed, welcomed the statement of the Security Council and praised its call for the restoration of MINURSO, and regretted that the Council did not send a stronger message to Morocco as it is the main responsible for this situation.

The United Nations mission in Western Sahara includes 500 civilians and soldiers,  and was deployed in 1991 to supervise the implementation of the ceasefire and prepare for a referendum on the future of Western Sahara. (SPS)