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Western Sahara: EU reiterates “full support” for UN-led process

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, reaffirmed the EU’s “full support” for the UN-led process to find “a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict in the Moroccan occupied Western Sahara”.

In a response to the letter sent to him on 23 March 2022 by 19 MEPs on the Western Sahara issue, Mr Borrell reaffirmed that “the European Union continues to fully support the efforts of the United Nations to find a peaceful solution to this conflict, in accordance with the parameters most recently expressed in the UN Security Council, notably resolution 2602 (2021)”.

To this end, he recalled “having publicly and repeatedly encouraged the resumption of talks (between the Polisario Front and Morocco) under the leadership of the UN Secretary General’s Personal Envoy, Staffan De Mistura, who enjoys the full support of the European Union in the search for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.

He stressed: “All EU Member States share this strong commitment to the centrality of the UN-led political process, to working within the framework of UN Security Council resolutions and to striving for an end result agreed by the parties.

“At this time of heightened global tension, I believe it is crucial to redouble efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to this protracted conflict,” he said.

To this end, he said that “the European Union will continue to encourage the parties to engage in the UN-led political process in a serious and respectful manner”.

In conclusion, the EU Head of Diplomacy, Josep Borrell Fontelles, expressed his “unequivocal commitment to cooperate with the UN in order to find a peaceful solution to the Western Sahara issue”.

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