EU to support any political solution allowing Sahrawi people's self-determination

Brussels, September 25, 2016 (SPS) – The European Union expressed readiness to support and facilitate the implementation of any political solution that allows the self-determination of Sahrawi people, and reiterated its concern over the "long duration" of the conflict in Western Sahara and its consequences in the region.

In the event that a political solution to the conflict would be reached, the EU would take measures to support and facilitate its implementation, said the Council of Europe in reply to Euro-deputies, including Gilles Pargneaux and Rachida Dati on the EU's action at the United Nations for the promotion of a political solution in Western Sahara.

In this regard, the Council of Europe, which represents 28 EU Member States, said that the EU supports the ongoing efforts of the UN Secretary General to help the parties to the conflict to find a "just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution, allowing for the self-determination of Sahrawi people, in accordance with the principles of the UN charter.

The EU also hailed the efforts of the UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy Christopher Ross and the United Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), whose mandate has been extended until 30 April 2017 by the UN Security Council's resolution 2285 (2016). (SPS)