UN / WESTERN SAHARA

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With two abstentions, the Security Council adopted a resolution that extends the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for six months. Russia and South Africa abstained. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

30 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Security Council vote
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations:
“The current text, as it stands is not balanced and it does not provide a true reflection of the efforts undertaken by the two parties, Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, which are both members of the African Union. The mandate, as approved, tends to favour one party over the other, which is not conducive to a neutral political process.”
4. Wide shot, Council
5. Med shot, Ambassador Sidi Mohamed Omar at the podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sidi Mohamed Omar, Representative of the Frente Polisario to the United Nations:
“As Frente Polisario we regret that the Security Council has missed a significant opportunity to push forward this process and to follow through on its commitments to end the status quo and to demand Morocco to end its illegal occupation of Western Sahara. The Security Council should have been firmer in its position given the serious of well-documented escalating violations of the ceasefire by Morocco, the abuse of human rights, and the (inaudible) and the restrictions imposed on the Mission, as well documented in the Secretary-General’s report.”
7. Wide shot, Ambassador Omar Hilale of Morocco at the podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations:
“The world has changed. Separatism is over. You see in Europe, in Spain, in ECOWAS, you see in Sri Lanka, you see in Aceh in Indonesia. Whenever there is an attempt for separatism, it always finishes by collapsing. We are offering them realistic solution. We are offering them to give chance, hopes to the population to come back, and to build the Sahara, to contribute to Sahara. They have their part, they have a role to play, but in condition that they accept to negotiate on the basis of autonomy and also to be more realistic.”
11. Pan right, Hilale walks away

STORYLINE:

With two abstentions, the Security Council adopted a resolution that extends the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for six months. Russia and South Africa abstained.

South African Ambassador, Jerry Matthews Matjila, said “the current text, as it stands is not balanced and it does not provide a true reflection of the efforts undertaken by the two parties, Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, which are both members of the African Union.”

Matthews Matjila added that “the mandate, as approved, tends to favour one party over the other, which is not conducive to a neutral political process.”

Outside the Council, the South African Ambassador was joined by Sidi Mohamed Omar, a representative of the Frente Polisario.

Omar expressed regret “that the Security Council has missed a significant opportunity to push forward this process and to follow through on its commitments to end the status quo and to demand Morocco to end its illegal occupation of Western Sahara.”

He said the Council “should have been firmer in its position given the serious of well-documented escalating violations of the ceasefire by Morocco, the abuse of human rights, and the (inaudible) and the restrictions imposed on the Mission, as well documented in the Secretary-General’s report.”

Also speaking to reporters, Moroccan Ambassador, Omar Hilale, said, “the world has changed. Separatism is over. You see in Europe, in Spain, in ECOWAS, you see in Sri Lanka, you see in Aceh in Indonesia. Whenever there is an attempt for separatism, it always finishes by collapsing.”

He said Morocco was “offering them realistic solution” and a chance “to the population to come back, and to build the Sahara, to contribute to Sahara.”

Hilale said “they have their part, they have a role to play, but in condition that they accept to negotiate on the basis of autonomy and also to be more realistic.”
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