25 April 2013 The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara and organizing a referendum on self-determination for the people of the territory.
The 15-member Council established the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) in 1991. In a resolution adopted unanimously today, it decided to extend the mission’s mandate until 30 April 2014.
The UN has been involved in efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended.
Numerous rounds of UN-backed informal talks, facilitated by Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, have taken place in the past few years involving delegations from the parties – Morocco and the Frente Polisario – and the neighbouring countries of Algeria and Mauritania.
In today’s resolution, the Council welcomed the parties’ commitment to continue the process of preparation for a fifth round of negotiations aimed at achieving “a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.”
It also called on them to continue to “show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue” in order to enter into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations.
The Council “affirms its strong support for the commitment of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy towards a solution to the question of Western Sahara in this context and calls for renewed meetings and strengthening of contacts.”
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The Sudanese Programme
“The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East, North Africa and the Two Sudans”
Friday 7th June and Saturday 8th June 2013
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Friday 7th June: 2.30 – 6.00
- The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon Baron Williams of Oystermouth (Master of Magdalen College, Cambridge University) “The Church and Human Rights”
- H.E. Amine Gemayel (Former President of Lebanon) “To be announced”
- Dr John Eibner (Christian Solidarity International) “To be announced”
Saturday 8th June: 9.30 – 7.00
- Dr Nazila Ghanea-Hercock (Lecturer in International Human Rights Law, Oxford University)
- “Minority Rights Protections under International Human Rights Law” Mr. Nabil Adib Abdullah (Advocate and Human Rights Lawyer, Republic of Sudan)
- “The Future of Christian Minorities in Sudan” Mr. Musa Almak Kur Papiti (Secretary of External Relations and Education in South Sudan Islamic Council, Republic of South Sudan) “South Sudan Muslims: Realities and Prospects”
- H. E. Pascale Warda (Former Minister of Integration, Iraq) “The Situation of the Christian Communities in Iraq”
- Mr. Sidney Assor (Head of the Moroccan Jewish Community in Britain) “The Jewish Communities in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia”
- Dr Mariz Tadros (Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University) “From Revolt to Sectarian Ruptures: the Challenges of building an inclusive Society in Post Revolutionary Egypt and Syria”
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15 March 2013 The United Nations envoy dealing with Western Sahara will travel to North Africa beginning next week, as part of ongoing consultations to prepare for the next phase of the negotiations aimed at resolving the long-running conflict.
The UN has been involved in mediation efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the movement known as Frente Polisario, after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended.
Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, will travel to North Africa from 20 March to 3 April.
“The current conflict in Mali and the heightened risks of instability and insecurity in the Sahel and beyond make a solution to the Western Sahara conflict more urgent than ever,” UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey told reporters in New York.
“Within the framework of his mandate and successive resolutions of the Security Council, the purpose of Mr. Ross’s trip is to prepare for the next phase in the negotiating process and a possible resumption of direct talks to achieve ‘a mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara,’” he added.
To this end, Mr. Ross will hold discussions with the parties to the Western Sahara negotiations, Morocco and the Frente Polisario, and visit Western Sahara. He will also hold consultations with the neighbouring States, Algeria and Mauritania.