Sahara – EU Reiterates its Call for Registration of Tindouf Camps Population

The European Union (EU) reiterated on Wednesday before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly its call for the registration by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) of the population in the Tindouf camps, in Algerian territory, as repeatedly requested by the Security Council.

The representative of Austria, who made a statement on behalf of the EU countries during the adoption of the Committee’s resolution on the Moroccan Sahara issue, also stressed that the European Union remains “concerned” about the implications of the Sahara conflict for regional security and cooperation.

He added that the EU continues to encourage the parties and neighboring countries to work with the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Horst Köhler, to move the political process forward.

The representative also said that the EU welcomes the “commitment of the UN Secretary General to relaunch negotiations with a new momentum and spirit leading to the resumption of the political process, with the objective of achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution” to the Sahara conflict.

The European Union, he went on to say, “continues to encourage the parties to show political will, and to work in an atmosphere conducive to dialogue, in order to start a more intense phase of negotiations, in good faith and without preconditions, taking note of the efforts made and developments since 2006”.

“It is important that the parties show more political will to reach a solution” to this regional dispute, the diplomat concluded.

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