UN / WESTERN SAHARA

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A UN spokesperson said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres remains committed to “doing his utmost to avoid the collapse” of the ceasefire in Western Sahara and is “determined to do everything possible to remove all obstacles to the resumption of the political process.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

13 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In recent days, the United Nations, including the Secretary-General, has been involved in multiple initiatives to avoid an escalation of the situation in the Buffer Strip in the Guerguerat area and to warn against violations of the ceasefire and of the serious consequences of any changes to the status quo. The Secretary-General regrets that these efforts have proved unsuccessful and expresses his grave concern regarding the possible consequences of the latest developments. The Secretary-General remains committed to doing his utmost to avoid the collapse of the ceasefire that has been in place since 6 September 1991 and he is determined to do everything possible to remove all obstacles to the resumption of the political process. The UN Mission, MINURSO, is committed to continuing implementing its mandate and the Secretary-General calls on the parties to provide full freedom of movement for MINURSO in accordance with its mandate.”
5. Med shot, journalist asking question
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This would be a very good time to have a personal representative. The Secretary-General has been working hard to find people who are willing to accept and people who are acceptable to the parties on the ground and to the Security Council."
7. Wide shot, press room

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A UN spokesperson said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres remains committed to “doing his utmost to avoid the collapse” of the ceasefire in Western Sahara and is “determined to do everything possible to remove all obstacles to the resumption of the political process.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (13 Nov), UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the United including the Secretary-General, has been involved in multiple initiatives in recent days to avoid an escalation of the situation in the Buffer Strip in the Guerguerat area and to “warn against violations of the ceasefire and of the serious consequences of any changes to the status quo.”

He said the Secretary-General “regrets that these efforts have proved unsuccessful and expresses his grave concern regarding the possible consequences of the latest developments.”

Dujarric added that the UN Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO) is committed to continuing implementing its mandate and the “Secretary-General calls on the parties to provide full freedom of movement for MINURSO in accordance with its mandate.”

Asked about filling the position of the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara – which has been vacant for some 18 months – The UN spokesperson said, “This would be a very good time to have a personal representative. The Secretary-General has been working hard to find people who are willing to accept and people who are acceptable to the parties on the ground and to the Security Council."

News report indicated that Morocco launched a military operation in the region to clear a key road which it said has been blockaded by the Polisario Front for weeks.
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