Europe Press

Newspaper La Jornada
Sunday, January 23, 2022, p. 19

New York., The Secretary General of the United Nations Organization (UN), Antonio Guterres, asked Morocco and the Polisario Front to show a stronger interest in resolving the dispute over Western Sahara, due to the situation of insecurity and terrorism in the Sahel.

It is time for the parties to understand the need for a firm dialogue in search of a solution and not just to maintain an endless process of negotiations without any hope of a solution. I believe that the situation in the region today deserves a stronger interest from the parties involved and to work on the best and decisive solution to the dispute, Guterres said.

The head of the UN made this request to both interlocutors after the tour of his special representative for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, who visited Rabat, Algeria and the Saharawi refugee camps in Tindouf with the intention of relaunching the negotiation process .

Resumption of negotiations

“I am hopeful that the political process will develop again. My message to the parties is that a conflict that has lasted for so many decades in an area of ​​the world where we are witnessing extremely serious security problems, where we are seeing terrorism multiplying in the Sahel and committing acts closer and closer to the coast, is in the interest of everyone solve this issue of Western Sahara”, argued Guterres.

The former Spanish colony of Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco in 1975 despite the resistance of the Polisario Front, which calls for the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.

The ceasefire dates back to 1991 and was signed with a view to holding a referendum to give the people the right to self-determination, but differences over the preparation of the census and the inclusion or not of Moroccan settlers have prevented it from being called later. of more than three decades.