Sahara: Chile, Indonesia, Congo and Cuba Reaffirm Support for UN-Led Political Process

Chile, Indonesia, Congo and Cuba have reiterated, before members of the UN Committee of 24 (C24), their position in support of the UN-led political process aimed at achieving a political, just and lasting solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara. Speaking at the C24 Pacific Regional Seminar held on May 24-26 in Bali, Chile’s representative stressed that the Moroccan Sahara issue “must be resolved by peaceful means, primarily through the various mechanisms established in the United Nations Charter and in accordance with international law, in order to achieve a just and lasting solution, in accordance with the various relevant resolutions of this organization, including those emanating from the Security Council.” He highlighted Morocco’s efforts to find a lasting political solution to the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara. For his part, Indonesia’s representative expressed his country’s support for the UN Secretary-General’s efforts to advance the political process towards a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution. He also praised the work of the UN SG’s Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, including his visits to the region in 2022, while supporting the Security Council’s calls for a realistic, pragmatic and lasting solution to this regional conflict. For his part, Congo’s representative reiterated his country’s support for the United Nations’ efforts to promote a political solution to this regional dispute, stressing the importance of the parties continuing to invest more effort in achieving a just and lasting political solution, with the aim of putting a definitive end to this artificial conflict. The Cuban representative, for his part, called for a political solution acceptable to all parties.