Moroccan Sahara: Algeria and “Polisario” Obstruct Appointment of New UN Envoy

The permanent representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilal, addressed a letter to the members of the United Nations Security Council on the eve of the council's consultations on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara scheduled for April 21.

The permanent representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilal, addressed a letter to the members of the United Nations Security Council on the eve of the council’s consultations on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara scheduled for April 21.

Omar Hilal revealed in his letter the obstacles and stalling imposed by Algeria and the “Polisario” regarding the issue of appointing a personal envoy to the Secretary-General and the resumption of the political process of the United Nations refuting the fallacies and confusion that Algeria is trying to create on this subject.

In this regard, Hilal stressed that Morocco approved, immediately, the proposals of the Secretary-General of the United Nations regarding the appointment of a personal envoy to the Moroccan Sahara, represented by the former Romanian Prime Minister, Petri Roman, in December 2020, and the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Amado later.

“Through its positive and serious responses to these proposals, Morocco reaffirms its commitment to support the exclusive efforts of the United Nations to resolve this conflict, as well as its respect for Security Council resolutions,” the Moroccan diplomat said.

Hilal further added, “On the other hand, Algeria and the ‘Polisario’ continue to obstruct the political process of the United Nations. In less than three months, they rejected the two proposals to appoint Peter Roman and Louis Amado. This constitutes a flagrant violation of Resolution No. 2548, which called for the appointment of a new personal envoy as soon as possible.”

Hilal stressed that “this obstruction constitutes an insult to the authority of the Secretary-General and contempt for Security Council resolutions.” It reveals the duality of rhetoric between Algeria and the “Polisario”: on the one hand, they openly and at the highest level call for the appointment of a personal envoy and the resumption of the political process, and even dare to criticize the Secretary-General for the absence of an envoy, and on the other hand, they rejected all the competent and prestigious candidates proposed before the Secretary-General”.

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