GENEVA-The round table for the resumption of negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario Front, blocked for six years, opened Wednesday in Geneva under the chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler.
On October 31, the UN Security Council in resolution 2440 urged Morocco and the Polisario Front to resume negotiations "without preconditions and in good faith" with a view to reaching a political solution fair, lasting and mutually acceptable that allows the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, it is recalled
"This meeting will be the first of its kind in six years and will be held in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2440.
It will be a first step towards a renewed negotiation process aimed at achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara ", said Tuesday evening a briefing note from UN.
The two-day work is taking place at the Palais des Nations with the participation of Algeria and Mauritania, as neighbors and observers, who have been invited by the UN SG's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara
The Saharawis came to this round table with a delegation chaired by Khatri Addouh, and composed of the Sahrawi coordinator with the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), M'hamed Khaddad, the Sahrawi representative to the United Nations, Sidi Mohamed Omar, as well as the secretary general of the National Union of Saharawi women, Fatima Elmehdi and the adviser to the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Ali Zerouali.
The Moroccan delegation is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, who is accompanied by the Director General of Studies and Documentation (DGDE – Intelligence Service), Mohamed Yassine Mansouri.
On the Algerian side, the delegation is led by Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, accompanied by the Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations (New York), Sabri Boukadoum.
Mauritanians are represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and officials from his ministry.
Earlier, Horst Kohler met separately with the various heads of delegation, including Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.
Wednesday, a press conference hosted by Horst Kohler is scheduled for completion, it was announced.