Washington pleads for Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination

New York, April 30, 2017 (SPS) - The United States called to remove the obstacles for the relaunch of the United Nations process in Western Sahara, pleading for the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination.

Following the adoption on Friday by the Security Council of the resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), US Deputy Representative to the United Nations Michele J. Sison said that the peacekeeping mission should “support the political solutions.”

Expressing US’ satisfaction at the adoption of the resolution, Sison said that she will help drawing the attention of the Security Council on the need to support a political settlement to the conflict in Western Sahara.

The American diplomat underlined that “UN and Security Council have been blocked for years.” “On the ground, peacekeeping soldiers faced a series of frustrating obstructions which required months and even years of high level commitment to remove them.”

Sison said that the obstacles in the way of MINURSO led the Security Council to concentrate its debate on “very specific operational details.” (SPS)