Algeria welcomes UN’s commitment for settlement based on Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination

Algiers, May 1, 2016 (SPS) - Algeria welcomed Saturday the United Nations “renewed” commitment for a fair, lasting and mutually acceptable political settlement, enabling the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination, said Foreign Affairs Ministry in a communiqué.

“Algeria takes note of UN Security Council resolution 2285 (2016) on Western Sahara which, on the whole, falls within the framework of the coherence of the organization’s doctrines in terms of decolonization and its peacekeeping operations, while noting the motives of the five countries which didn’t give their approval to this text,” according to the communiqué released following the adoption by the UN Security Council of a resolution in which it extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 30 April 2017.

“Algeria welcomes the Security Council’s decision to renew the MINURSO mandate for a period of one year and recognize the urgent need for this mission to be re-established in the fullness of its duties,” said the source.

Algeria underlined the responsibility of the Security Council in keeping international peace and security and “expects that measures will be taken as soon as possible to enable MINURSO to fully accomplish its mandate, whose crowning achievement is the organization in Western Sahara of a free self-determination referendum, without administrative or military constraints.”

In this regard, Algeria “notes with satisfaction the firm and opportune reaffirmation of support of the Security Council and international community to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as well as his personal Envoy Christopher Ross and his special Representative, head of MINURSO Kim Bolduc,” said the source. (SPS)