A United Nations diplomat newly tasked with reviving stalled negotiations for a settlement to the decades-old Western Sahara battle has met with Moroccan officers throughout his first go to to the area
RABAT, Morocco — A United Nations diplomat newly tasked with reviving stalled negotiations for a settlement to the decades-old Western Sahara battle met with Moroccan officers Thursday throughout his first go to to the area.
U.N. envoy to Western Sahara Staffan De Mistura held talks within the capital Rabat with Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and the nation’s U.N. ambassador.
Morocco’s Foreign Ministry stated in a press release that the Moroccan officers reiterated the nation’s “dedication to the resumption of the political course of carried out beneath the unique auspices of the U.N.”
The Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony, annexed by Morocco in 1975 and claimed by the Polisario Front, which desires the territory to be unbiased.
In 2020, the Front ended a 29-year cease-fire with Morocco after a border confrontation with the Moroccan military. The latter had launched a army operation within the U.N.-patrolled Guerguerat border zone.
Morocco has proposed granting the Western Sahara larger autonomy beneath Moroccan sovereignty, however the Polisario Front insists on holding a referendum for self willpower beneath the supervision of the U.N.
De Mistura, an Italian diplomat, can be anticipated to go to neighboring Algeria the place the Polisario Front is headquartered, and which Rabat considers to be a key participant within the battle.
In August, Algeria severed diplomatic relations with Morocco after accusing it of committing “hostile acts” towards it over the Western Sahara battle.