Situation in North-West Africa must end, says Ban

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United Nations – UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Thursday, said the situation in North-West Africa must be brought to an end if the people of the region were to meet their shared challenges and achieve their full potential.

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Ban made this known in a statement in New York.

He said that as the conflict over the future of Western Sahara and the human sufferings occasioned near their fortieth year, the situation in North-West Africa was becoming increasingly alarming.

The definitive status of the territory, he said, was the object of a negotiating process being conducted under his auspices, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]

“I note with regret that the April 2007 proposals of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front have not opened the way to the genuine negotiations for which the Council and I have repeatedly called.

“At my direction, my Personal Envoy, Christopher Ross, has intensified his efforts to facilitate the entry of the parties into negotiations without preconditions and in good faith to achieve a mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.

“They have yet to do so.

“I urge all concerned within the region and within the broader international community to take advantage of my Personal Envoy’s intensified efforts to facilitate the launching of true negotiations in the coming months.’’ (NAN)


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