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Guterres renews commitment to appoint new Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, renewed his commitment to appoint a new Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, calling on Morocco and the Polisario Front to engage in good faith, without preconditions, in the political process, in a way that guarantees the Sahrawi people’s self-determination.

In a report published by the United Nations, before it is presented to its 76th session of General Assembly, on “the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination”, Guterres stressed that he “remains committed” to appointing a new Personal Envoy to build on progress made by the former Personal Envoy for Western Sahara who “helped restore momentum in the political process before his resignation”, especially through the round table that brought together the parties to the conflict namely Morocco, the Polisario Front and the neighboring countries as observers.

In this context, the UN Secretary-General reiterated that a just and lasting political solution acceptable to both sides and guaranteeing the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 2440 (2018), 2468 (2019), and 2494 (2019), “will always require a strong political will from both sides and from the international community as well.”

The members of the Security Council called on other relevant actors to encourage Morocco and the Polisario Front to engage in good faith and “without preconditions” in the political process once the new Personal Envoy is appointed.

After examining the Secretary-General’s report by the Security Council, the latter adopted resolution 2548 (2020), which called on the two parties to resume negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General without preconditions and in good faith, taking into account the efforts made since 2006 and subsequent developments, with the aim of reaching a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that guarantees the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations.

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