First meeting of African mechanism on Western Sahara

Addis Ababa, February 10, 2019 (SPS) - The African Mechanism on Western Sahara holds on Saturday, in the Ethiopian capital, its constitutive meeting to address the conflict in Western Sahara and to set up an efficient approach to enable the United Nations to reach a solution to this lingering conflict.

The African Union (AU) has decided to hold, on Saturday, the first meeting of the African Mechanism on Western Sahara.

This Mechanism, politically known as "the African Troika" has been created in accordance with the decision of the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union, held in Nouakchott,” announced Friday the source.

Through this mechanism, the AU aims at "contributing to reaching a peaceful, fair and permanent solution to enable the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination.”

AU plans to activate the Troika as "culmination of the UN efforts to achieve an immediate solution," AU sources said.

“The mechanism is intended to activate the role of the African envoy Joachim Chissano to Western Sahara, alternatively with the efforts made by the UN envoy, Horst Kohler,” the same source added. (SPS)