MINURSO: Algeria does not support Security Council's "biased" resolution

Algiers, 31 October 2021 (SPS) - Algeria does not support the "biased" resolution adopted by the UN Security Council on the renewal of the mandate of the MINURSO (UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara), the ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad said Sunday, regretting the "fundamentally unbalanced" approach set out in the resolution that "sorely lacks responsibility and insight.

"Following the adoption by the United Nations Security Council of Resolution 2602 (2021) renewing the mandate of the MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara), Algeria expresses its deep regret regarding the fundamentally unbalanced approach set out in this text, which is sorely lacking in responsibility and insight because of the unfortunate forcing of some of the influential members of the Council," the ministry's statement said.

"Algeria, which expresses its full understanding of the findings and conclusions of the Saharawi side, will not support this biased resolution that has the effect of reinforcing the exorbitant claims of the occupying State (Morocco) and encouraging its intransigence and manoeuvres to hinder and pervert the process of decolonization of Western Sahara."

"Out of principle and solidarity with the brother people of Western Sahara, Algeria expects the new UN chief's personal envoy to work, during his mandate, for the strict implementation of Resolution 690 (1991) on the Settlement Plan accepted by both parties to the conflict, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front, and adopted unanimously by the Security Council," the ministry said.

In addition, "Algeria expects the international community to spare no effort in bringing the Kingdom of Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), as member states of the African Union (AU), to implement the decision of the AU Peace and Security Council adopted at its Heads of State and Government meeting on 9 March 2021, which calls on the two countries to engage in direct and frank talks, without any precondition and in accordance with Article 4 of the AU Constitution."

"Any approach that ignores Saharawi people's right to self-determination and independence will be counterproductive, unfair, dangerous, and will only add to the tension and instability in the region," the ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Community abroad concluded.