BRUSSELS-The European Union (EU) ) said on Friday that it was ready to contribute to measures likely to create a "positive" climate for the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict.
"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 UN," said EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic , in a statement, following the holding, Wednesday and Thursday in Geneva, of the round table on the conflict of Western Sahara.
"The holding of the first Geneva Round Table on Western Sahara on 5 and 6 December was the first meeting in six years of direct talks," she said, emphasizing that "this reflects the renewed efforts of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his Personal Envoy Horst Kohler to resolve the Western Sahara dispute and bring the parties and neighbors together in a spirit of openness and respect mutual. "
For the European Union, the participation of all delegations and the announcement of a second meeting in the first quarter of 2019 "show that all participants are ready to continue their engagement under the auspices of the United Nations" .
"We need to use this momentum and actively pursue the discussions in a spirit of compromise." The Geneva talks rightly focused on key issues such as regional cooperation, job creation, development stability and security as well as youth, "said the EU spokesperson.
The round table, initiated by the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Horst Kôhler, brought together the two parties to the conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front, and the two countries and neighbors and observers, Algeria and Mauritania.