GENEVA – The Round Table on Western Sahara ended Thursday afternoon in Geneva after two days of work that was sanctioned by a statement presented by the Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Western Sahara Horst Kohler.
The communiqué, which said that the round table was convened "at the invitation of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary General for Western Sahara, the former German President Horst Kohler," recorded the participation of both parties in conflict, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front, and neighboring countries, Algeria and Mauritania "in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2440".
The communiqué added that the meeting "made it possible to take stock of the evolution of the situation, to discuss regional issues and to discuss the next steps in the political process concerning Western Sahara".
It was marked, according to the same communiqué, by an atmosphere of frankness, serious commitment and mutual respect, and a deep conviction as to the primacy of cooperation as the best way to meet the many challenges facing the region. faces. The same text stated, moreover, that the principle of another meeting or a second round table, to which the Personal Envoy will invite in March 2019, was retained.
On this occasion, Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel emphasized that Algeria, as a neighboring country, has always expressed unwavering support for the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy , Horst Kohler, by the very voice of the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, during the hearing he granted in October 2017.
Throughout the work of this meeting and all its sessions, it has shown an availability and a real willingness to contribute so that the two parties to the conflict, the Morocco and the Polisario Front, reach a speedy settlement that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, in accordance with international law and United Nations resolutions.
Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel also expressed Algeria's thanks to President Kohler for his efforts in holding this Geneva meeting, which creates new momentum in the process of resolving the issue of Western Sahara