Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission for the Referendum of Western SaharaListen /
The UN Security Council has decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), until 30 April 2014.
In a resolution supported by all 15-members, the Council, expressing concern about the violations of existing agreements, and calling on the parties to respect their relevant obligations, reaffirmed the need for full respect of the military agreements reached with the Mission with regard to the ceasefire, and called on the parties to adhere fully to those agreements.
The Council further called upon all parties to cooperate fully with the operations of MINURSO, including its free interaction with all interlocutors, and to take the necessary steps to ensure the security of, as well as unhindered movement and immediate access for the United Nations and associated personnel in carrying out their mandate, in conformity with existing agreements.
The Council called upon the parties to continue 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 a view to achieving a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.
The Council reaffirmed its commitment to assist the parties to achieve a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.