BRUSSELS- The European Union (EU) welcomed the participation of the warring parties in Western Sahara, Morocco and the Polisario Front, as well as the two countries, Algeria and Mauritania, as neighboring states, at the Geneva Round Table on Western Sahara, 5-6 December.
"This reflects the renewed efforts of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his Personal Envoy Horst Kohler to resolve the Western Sahara dispute by bringing parties and neighbors together in a spirit of openness. and mutual respect, "EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic, quoted by media reports Saturday, said.
For the EU, the participation, at the round table of the two parties in conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front, in the presence of Algeria and Mauritania, as neighboring States , as well as "the announcement of a second meeting in the first quarter of 2019 show that all participants are ready to continue their commitment under the auspices of the UN".
"We need to use this momentum and actively pursue the discussions in a spirit of compromise," Kocijancic said, recalling that the first round table held in Geneva on Western Sahara on 5 and 6 December was "the first meeting in six years of direct talks ".
"The European Union is ready to contribute to the measures that can create a positive climate for the talks, thus expressing our full support for the efforts of the United Nations," concluded the EU spokesperson.
Resolution 2440 of the Security Council on October 31 enjoined the colonizing country, Morocco, and the Polisario Front, the legitimate and unique representative of the people of Western Sahara, to resume negotiations "without preconditions and good faith "with a view to reaching a solution to the conflict, which allows the self-determination of the Saharawi people.