Sahara: Several Countries Reaffirm Support for Mutually Acceptable Political Solution

Several countries have voiced their support to the political process of settlement of the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara under the auspices of the United Nations, on the occasion of the regional seminar of the Committee of 24 (C-24) for the Caribbean held in Dominica. While praising the progress made by Morocco, the representative of Chile reiterated the position of his country in favor of a “peaceful solution, through the mechanisms of diplomatic settlement established by the United Nations” to put an end to this longstanding conflict. For its part, Syria pleaded before the C-24 members for diplomacy and dialogue as the basis for resolving this issue. “We sincerely hope that all parties to this conflict will engage in fruitful negotiations to reach a just and lasting solution,” said the Syrian representative, who also expressed his country’s support for the efforts of the United Nations to reach a mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue. In the same vein, Indonesia reiterated its support for the efforts of the United Nations, particularly under the auspices of the Secretary-General, to find a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution” to the dispute over the Sahara. Indonesia also supports the calls of the Security Council, through its resolutions, to reach a “realistic, achievable and lasting solution to this issue”.