Security Council extends MINURSO mandate by six months

New York, April 28, 2018 (SPS) - The United Nations Security Council adopted Friday, in New York, a draft resolution extending by six months, until 31 October, the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Holding of a Referendum in Western Sahara.

By 12 voices in favor and three abstentions (Russia, China and Ethiopia), the Security Council adopted a resolution which calls the two parties in conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front, to resume negotiations, at standstill since 2012, without pre-conditions and in good faith.

Speaking just after the adoption, UN representative said that the status quo in Western Sahara didn’t allow reaching a fair and lasting solution to the conflict, calling to support Special Envoy for Western Sahara Horst Kohler in his mediation mission. (SPS)