Ireland reaffirms support for UN efforts for political settlement of Western Sahara conflict

Dublin (Ireland) 7 June 2021 (SPS) - Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Simon Coveney, has reiterated his country's full support for the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), the United Nations-led political process and the efforts of the Secretary-General to reach a final settlement on this issue.

Ireland's head of diplomacy, in a written response to a question before Parliament, stressed that it is an urgent priority for Dublin at the moment to expedite the appointment of a new Personal Envoy for the Secretary-General, which is the focus of current international diplomatic efforts.

The Irish minister's response comes to reinforce the previous position expressed last month, which supported the political settlement process to reach a final solution between the two parties to the conflict in Western Sahara within the framework set by the United Nations, as well as working to promote respect for human rights, accountability and compliance with international law. (SPS)