Speech of Moroccan King: UN reaffirms mandate conferred on Kohler by Security Council

New York, Nov 09, 2017 (SPS) - United Nations Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said Tuesday that new UN envoy for Western Sahara Horst Kohler was pursuing his mediation mission in Western Sahara, in conformity with the mandate conferred on him by the Security Council.

"There is a mandate from the Security Council for the Personal Envoy as well as the… as well as MINURSO, and we will follow that mandate and continue our work," said the Spokesman in a news briefing.

Dujarric was asked about the reaction of Kohler or the UN Secretariat to the speech of the King of Morocco in which he said "there will be no solution to Western Sahara that's not fully in accord with Morocco's sovereignty."

"I'm not going to react to the King's speech," he replied (to the question), adding that the mandates of Kohler and the MINURSO have been established by the Security Council.

Horst Kohler is planned to present on 22 November in New York the outcomes of his first regional tour, at the Security Council.

The last time the Frente POLISARIO and Morocco settled at the same negotiating table was in March 2012 in Manhasset in the United States.

Since then, the peace process launched by the United Nations has been deadlocked because of the obstacles that Morocco has set up to prevent the settlement of the conflict on the basis of the principles of international legitimacy that guarantee the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination. SPS