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Thursday 18 October 2018

4th Committee's Resolution Reiterates Support for Political Process aimed at Settling Moroccan Sahara Issue

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4th Committee's Resolution Reiterates Support for Political Process aimed at Settling Moroccan Sahara Issue

The Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted Wednesday without a vote a resolution reiterating support for the UN-led political process aimed at settling the Moroccan Sahara issue and called upon the countries in the region to cooperate fully with the Secretary General and his Personal Envoy, and with each other, in order to reach a political settlement to this regional dispute.

The resolution thus supports the political process based on the Security Council resolutions adopted since 2007, with a view to reaching a "fair, sustainable and mutually acceptable" solution to the Moroccan Sahara issue.

The text praises the efforts made in this regard and calls upon all parties and States in the region to cooperate fully with the Secretary General and his Personal Envoy, and with each other, in order to reach a "political solution that is mutually acceptable ".

The Committee also welcomed the commitment of the parties to continue to show political will and to work in an atmosphere conducive to dialogue in order to start, in good faith and without preconditions, a more intensive phase of negotiations, noting the efforts made and the developments since 2006, thus ensuring the implementation of the Security Council resolutions.

In this regard, the resolution refers to the Security Council resolutions adopted since 2007, which recognized the pre-eminence of the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco, which was deemed by the Security Council and the international community as a serious and credible initiative for the final settlement of this regional dispute.

The text also supports the recommendations of the Security Council resolution N° 2414 adopted on 27 April 2018, which emphasizes the need to make progress toward a realistic, practicable and enduring political solution to the Sahara question based on compromise.

This resolution also calls upon the neighboring states to make important contributions to the political process and to increase their engagement in the negotiating process.

MAP 17 October 2018