sábado, 27 de junho de 2009

Ross optimistic for first steps towards resolving conflict in Western Sahara

The Personal Envoy of the Secretary General of the UN to Western Sahara, Mr. Christopher Ross, said he is "optimistic" in his efforts to renew the process of decolonization in Western Sahara, which faced since 2007 the intransigence of Rabat to assert its colonial fait accompli.

"The talks covered all aspects of the conflict, we discussed how to move forward as soon as possible and I am optimistic about the opportunity to take the first step towards the solution without delay", said Cross at the end of conversations he had with the President of the Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, Thursday at the headquarters of the Presidency.

The UN special envoy earlier said in Algiers "the search for a solution by the UN, to the Western Sahara conflict is on the right track.

"We have assured the personal envoy our readiness to cooperate with him in good faith to implement the latest Security Council resolution calling for negotiations between the two parties to the conflict, the Polisario Front and Morocco without preconditions to achieve a solution guaranteeing the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination, "said Mr. Mhamed Khadad, member of the National Secretariat to the press.

"We are ready to defend our right to self-determination and independence, knowing that the Saharawi people demonstrated during its long struggle, there is no alternative to independence and no compromise on independence. " he added.

The Sahrawi and Moroccan negotiators met in Manhasset on four occasions under the auspices of the UN since June 2007, without achieving a breakthrough.

The Polisario Front had proposed in April 2007 a peace plan, via the UN, to organize a free and fair referendum in Western Sahara, including the options of independence, autonomy or integration with Morocco.

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