Meeting with Kohler, frank and positive, says Kheddad

Berlin, Jan 27, 2017 (SPS) - The meeting between the Sahrawi President and Secretary General of Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, and the United Nations Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, was "frank" and "positive," said Friday in Berlin M'hamed Kheddad, member of the Polisario Front Secretariat General and Sahrawi Coordinator with the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

The two-day meeting, which wrapped up Friday evening, "was frank and positive and focused mainly on ways to implement the UN Security Council's decisions for a peaceful, just and lasting solution that would allow the Sahrawi people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter," said Kheddad.

"Polisario Front has reiterated its support to the UN envoy's efforts to achieve the decolonization process in Western Sahara," he added.

The discussions between Kohler and Ghali and the delegation accompanying him began Thursday at the UN envoy's office in Berlin, Germany, few days ahead of a meeting between the two sides to the conflict in Western Sahara, Polisario Front and Morocco.

The forthcoming meeting aims at finding a solution to the Western Sahara conflict and guaranteeing to the Sahrawi people their right to self-determination and independence.

Kohler invited the Sahrawi president and the Moroccan minister of Foreign Affairs for bilateral talks between Polisario Front and the Kingdom of Morocco in January and February, in line with the UN efforts for the decolonization of Western Sahara.

The talks will be attended by the observer countries Algeria and Mauritania, represented by their foreign ministers. (SPS)