sábado, 27 de junho de 2009

Christopher Ross: Search for a solution to Western Sahara issue on the 'right track'

"The search for a solution by the UN, to the Western Sahara conflict is on the right track” said Wednesday in Algiers the Personal Envoy of the Secretary General of the UN in Western Sahara, Mr. Christopher Ross.

"I think we are on the right track to the search, in the next stage, for a solution to this big issue,"," Ross told the press at the beginning of a new tour in the region and after talks he had with the Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

For the Polisario, the "right path", quoted by Mr. Ross included respect for international legality and the right of the Saharawi people to decide their future through a referendum for self-determination "according to the Saharawi Ambassador in Algiers Mr. Brahim Ghali, quoted by EFE.

Mr. Ghali explained that the Saharawi people "is not willing to take part in negotiations that will come to empty no solution", considering that during this tour "will set a date for the resumption of negotiations under the direct auspices of the United Nations between the Polisario and Morocco, "according to the same source.

"The right of the Saharawi people to self-determination is inalienable. It is the conviction of an entire people," he insisted.

The UN envoy is expected today at the Saharawi refugee camps, where he must interact with senior officials of the Polisario and the SADR, it was learned from Saharawi official source.

The UN envoy will travel to Mauritania, which, like Algeria, has observer status in the process of decolonization of Western Sahara led by the United Nations before going to Rabat at weekend, according to diplomatic sources.

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