South African Ambassador discusses Western Sahara
The Security Council is discussing the renewal of mandate of the United Nations mission in Western Sahara known as MINURSO which is monitoring a ceasefire between Morocco and the Polisario Front which fought after Spain’s colonial rule of the territory ended in 1976.
Thousands of Sahrawis are refugees in camps in Algeria and have not been able to contact their relatives for years.
The Secretary-General’s envoy, Christopher Ross, is continuing his efforts to get Morocco and the Polisario Front to make progress in the talks to resolve the dispute over the territory.
Ambassador Baso Sangqu of South Africa, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, told Derrick Mbatha that there are two proposals that form the basis for negotiations.