United Nations Commission calls on finding Political Settlement to Sahara Issue
On Friday, the United Nations Fourth Commission passed without vote a draft resolution calling upon parties to the Sahara issue, “to continue cooperating with the (UN) Secretary General and his Personal Envoy with a view to finding a political settlement to the difference.”
The draft resolution echoes the approach proposed by the Security Council for a final solution to the Sahara issue, Mohamed Bennouna, Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations, told the press following the adoption of the text.
The Commission noted the impossibility to implement the settlement plan and the self-determination referendum because of fundamental divergences between the parties, he added, according to MAP news agency Saturday.
The Commission voiced backing to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and to his Personal Envoy, James Baker, in their efforts to find a political solution, he said, adding that the commission also insisted that the parties should cooperate to reach a mutually acceptable solution.
The Commission equally underlined that this negotiated solution has become indispensable to a problem that hinders economic development in the Maghreb, MAP added. The delegate renewed Rabat’s will to cooperate fully with Annan and Baker to reach a fair and lasting solution to the Sahara matter. (Albawaba.com)