New York, US (PANA) – The United States has thrown its weight behind UN Security Council‘s adoption of the resolution on Friday renewing the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, MINURSO, for another year.
In a statement delivered by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the US noted that MINURSO plays “an indispensable role” in preserving and ensuring safety and security in Western Sahara and must continue to do so until a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution – which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara – is achieved.
The US thanked members of the Security Council and those in the Group of Friends of Western Sahara for their support to conclude negotiations on the MINURSO mandate renewal and adopt the resolution in advance of the mandate’s expiration on Saturday.
Ambassador Power said this year’s mandate renewal was challenging and contentious as it was taking place against a backdrop of significant uncertainty for the mission, with the removal of civilian staff – including the mission’s political component – rendering MINURSO incapable of fully functioning and fulfilling its mandate.
“It is important that Morocco and the United Nations have a constructive relationship,” she said, adding that it is absolutely necessary if the UN-led process is to bring about a peaceful, sustainable, and mutually-agreed solution to the conflict in Western Sahara. “To that end, it is critically important that continued engagement between Morocco and the United Nations leads to resolving the challenges facing MINURSO and to restoring MINURSO to full functionality.”
The US said its policy regarding Western Sahara has not changed. “We consider Morocco’s autonomy plan serious, realistic, and credible. It represents a potential approach that could satisfy the self-determination aspirations of the people of Western Sahara.”
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