UN Envoy for Western Sahara to brief Security Council in January

Washington, December 29, 2018 (SPS) -The United Nations Envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler is to visit New York in January to brief the Security Council about the recent Geneva roundtable and the next he will take to revive the UN process.

The Security Council will probably listen to another briefing by the peacekeeping operations department of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) whose mandate expires on 30 April, said the provisional agenda of this UN body for the month of January.

These consultations will be held pursuant to resolution 2440, which requests the United Nations Secretary-General to inform the Security Council about developments in Western Sahara, three months after the adoption of the resolution or whenever he deems it appropriate.

According to the same source, the meeting will most likely culminated in a statement in which the Security Council would welcome the Geneva talks, reiterate its support to Horst Kohler and emphasize the momentum resulting from the resumption of direct negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco.

For the past year, the question of Western Sahara has been a major focus of the Security Council's peace agenda, supported by the United States, which seeks to settle this frozen conflict.

Washington, annoyed by the deadlock in the peace process, has maintained pressure on the Security Council to resume negotiations that have been stalled since 2012. (SPS)