Sahara – Resolution 2494 Confirms Again Algeria as Main Party to Political Process

The UN Security Council resolution No 2494, which was adopted Wednesday by a large majority, confirms again Algeria as a main party to the process meant to achieve “a realistic, practical and sustainable political solution” to the Sahara issue “which is based on compromise”. The text also expresses the “full support” of the UN Security Council to the efforts of the UN Secretary General and his “next” Personal Envoy for the Sahara “to maintain the negotiation process in view of achieving a solution to the Sahara issue”.

The text also notes that the former Personal Envoy of the UN chief for the Sahara had agreed with Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and Polisario to hold a new meeting “in the same format” as that of the previous round tables held in Geneva. The resolution calls for showing political will and working in an atmosphere conducive to dialogue, thus ensuring the implementation of Security Council resolutions since 2007, which corresponds to the date of the submission by Morocco of its autonomy initiative.

The resolution, which has reaffirmed once again the pre-eminence of the Moroccan autonomy initiative to settle the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara, extends MINURSO’s mandate until 31 October 2020.

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