Western Sahara: Security Council meets on MINURSO

Algiers, November 03, 2016 (SPS) – Security Council has held Thursday a meeting about the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), during which UN deputy secretary general for peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, will present a report on his latest visit to the headquarters of the MINURSO in occupied El Aaiun and Saharawi refugee camps.

The briefing, to be held in November according to the new chairman of the Security Council, Senegalese Fode Seck, will be an opportunity for Ladsous to present a report on his visit to the region on October, and during which he had met the Saharawi Coordinator at MINURSO, Mohamed Kheddad.

Ladsous went to the Saharawi refugee camps where he enquired about the situation of refugees, who are deprived of their legitimate right to self-determination.

Many humanitarian agencies called donators Wednesday to continue their support to Western Sahara refugees.

The World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said "the Saharawi refugees have been undergoing extremely difficult living conditions for more than 40 years."The Saharawi people

Western Sahara people "remain strongly contingent on foreign humanitarian aid."

Ladsous' briefing at the Security Council will also be an opportunity to tackle Morocco's violations at the buffer zone of Alguergarat, in the south of Western Sahara.SPS