"key to resolution" of Western Sahara conflict in UNSC's hands

Brussels, 4 September 2021 (SPS) - The appointment of a new special representative for the occupied Western Sahara will have no impact on the process of resolving the conflict in this non-self-governing territory because "the key to the final resolution is in the hands of the UN Security Council," said the Polisario Front representative in Europe and the European Union, Oubi Bouchraya Bachir.

If the appointment of the Russian, Alexander Ivanko, is good news for the management of internal technical affairs of the Minurso, it is not for the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara, in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council, said Oubi Bouchraya to Sputnik.

According to the Sahrawi diplomat, this is a technical position and not political as is the case of the special envoy who has "the power and prerogatives" to implement "solutions to the conflict and conduct negotiations between the two parties to the conflict, (Polisario Front / Morocco), federating the necessary international support for the advancement of negotiations.

Oubi Bouchraya accused Morocco of delaying the appointment of a new personal envoy since the resignation of Horst Kohler in May 2019, "in order to maintain the status quo in Western Sahara that has lasted for over 30 years.

For him, "Ivanko arrives at the head of the Minurso at a time when this UN mission has lost all credibility as to the organization of a referendum on self-determination of the Sahrawi people" because of the laxity of the Security Council, which holds the "key to the final resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara. He said that the Security Council must enforce international law.

The Security Council "must impose on Morocco the respect of the resolution relating to the organization of the referendum of self-determination of the Sahrawi people", reaffirms the Sahrawi ambassador. (SPS)