UN Security Council Discuss Western Sahara-Morocco Dispute

As the friction between Western Sahara and Morocco keeps rising, the U.N Security Council has indicated readiness to discuss the issue.

Western Sahara, controlled by Algeria-supported Polisario Front is demanding independence from the Kingdom of Morocco.

After Western Sahara cancelled a 1991 ceasefire some weeks ago, the United States has been urged to wade into the matter.

According to diplomats, Germany raised the Western Sahara-Morocco dialogue and asked that the UN take critical decisions about it in a closed-door meeting on Monday.

Donald Trump, President of the United States last week recognised Western Sahara as a region of Morocco in a letter to UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutteres. The decision of the POTUS came after Morocco improved ties with US-backed Israel.

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Trump’s decision is a reversal of the stand of the United States on the issue between both parties.

With the Polisario Front earnestly pushing for independence for Western Sahara, the UN Security Council meeting will be a core determinant of their next action.

While both Morocco and Western Sahara have been separated by nature, an earthen wall, the kingdom says the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Republic is its Southern region.

Both parties are seeking separate conclusions from the UN, as Morocco wants an autonomy for Western Sahara but under its sovereignty, while the self-proclaimed republic is urging a referendum from the UN including the question of independence.

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The UN has maintained its position on both parties, saying that a solution to the question of Western Sahara is a possibility.

There is currently, a UN Peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, with the 15-member security council extending the mission in October to have enough time to reach a reasonable and realistic political solution to the tension.


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