The UN Security Council holds four sessions on Western Sahara issue this October

New York, October 05, 2022 (SPS) - The UN Security Council will hold, this October four sessions to discuss the developments of the Western Sahara issue, including the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), in light of the Moroccan continued intransigence and rebellion against international legitimacy and all international efforts to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara.

The Sahrawi issue returns again for consideration at the level of UN Security Council this Month, where the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, will present his special report on the situation in the occupied territories, with consideration of the mandate of the MINURSO mission, which will end on October 31.

According to the work program and agenda of the UN Security Council sessions for the month of October, the Western Sahara file will be discussed and consulted, especially the renewal of the mandate of MINURSO, through working sessions and meetings to be held on the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 27th of this month.

During the sessions of the Security Council that will be held under the presidency of the State of Gabon, the members are expected to hear a briefing on the Western Sahara file, presented by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Western Sahara, Head of MINURSO, Alexandre Ivanko, and the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General Staffan de Mistura, as well as the question of extending the mandate of MINURSO.

The discussions of the UN Security Council come in light of the collapse of the cease-fire on November 13, 2020, and the ongoing war between the Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army and the Moroccan occupation forces.

The UN Security Council will also meet shortly after de Mistura's tour to the region at the beginning of last September, where he visited the Sahrawi refugee camps and experienced the strong Sahrawi resentment at Morocco's continued rebellion and intransigence against international legitimacy and all international efforts to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara.

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