UN special envoy continues diplomatic push for Sahara resolution

As his discussions with concerned parties continue at the UN headquarters in New York, UN Special Envoy for the Sahara Staffan de Mistura conducted “informal and bilateral conversations” with representatives from Algeria and the Polisario.

In the coming weeks, de Mistura will speak to the UN Security Council about the conflict in the Sahara.

The ambassador met with the ambassadors and permanent representatives of Russia and the United Kingdom as well as Algerian diplomat Nacim Gaouaoui. He spoke with the Polisario representative in New York as well.

De Mistura has invited representatives of Morocco, the Polisario Front, Algeria, Mauritania, and the Group of Friends of Western Sahara, which also includes France, the Russian Federation, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, according to Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary General.

The French and Mauritanian embassies and Mistura previously met this week. In order to prepare for de Mistura’s future six-monthly briefing to the Security Council, the talks’ objective is to involve all parties.

The goal is to encourage constructive communication between the parties in order to find a peaceful solution to the protracted dispute.

The UN Personal Envoy, Morocco, the Polisario Front, Algeria, and Mauritania are negotiating at a quartet round table, which is being called for to resume by a number of Security Council members, including the United States. Building on this momentum and laying the groundwork for a peaceful end to the conflict are the goals of the most recent round of UN consultations.

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