Algeria expressed today, Sunday its “deep regret” at the recent decision of the United Nations Security Council to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission to organize the Self-Determination Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which “lacks responsibility and foresight”, warning that any effort ignoring the right to self-determination of the people of Western Sahara will inevitably lead to increased tension and instability in the region.
A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad stated that, following the adoption by the United Nations Security Council of Resolution No. 2602 (2021), which renews the mandate of the “MINURSO” mission, Algeria expresses its deep regret over the completely unbalanced approach enshrined in this text, which severely lacks responsibility and foresight, as a result of the unfortunate pressure exerted by some influential members of the Council.”
After Algeria “expressed its full understanding of the Sahrawi side’s observations and conclusions in this regard,” it affirmed that it “does not support this biased decision, which would encourage the extortionary stances of the occupying state, as well as its stubbornness and maneuvers aimed at obstructing and undermining the course of decolonizing Western Sahara and changing its nature.”
And “based on its principles and solidarity with the brotherly Sahrawi people, Algeria is waiting for the new Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General to include his mandate exclusively within the framework of implementing resolution 690 (1991) containing the settlement plan agreed upon by the two parties to the conflict (the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front) and unanimously adopted by the Security Council.”
At the same time, Algeria looks forward to “the role of the international community in compelling the Kingdom of Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, as two member states of the African Union, to implement the decision of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union adopted at its meeting held at the level of Heads of State and Government on March 9, 2021, which calls on the two countries to start direct and frank talks, without any preconditions, in accordance with the content of Article 4 of the Constitutive Act of the African Union.