"We are pleased that Morocco and the Polisario met again on August 10-11 under the auspices of the United Nations to discuss a resolution to the conflict in the Western Sahara. We understand that both parties have agreed to further negotiations. We welcome this development, and urge both to commit to a full discussion of the issues in the next round of talks," said U.S. Department spokesman M. Sean McCormack.
Morocco and the Polisario held two rounds of negotiations in Manhasset, outskirts of New York on June 18-19 and August 10-11, under the auspices of the United Nations and in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolution 1754 of 30 April 2007 which called upon the parties to "enter into negotiations in good faith and without preconditions."
During these two rounds, Morocco presented its autonomy proposal that was described as "serious and credible" by the five member countries of the Security Council and backed by other influential capitals.
"The parties acknowledge that the current status quo is unacceptable and they have committed to continue these negotiations in good faith," said on Saturday Peter Van Walsum, UNSG’s Personal Envoy for the Sahara at the end of the second round of negotiations.
"They (the parties) have agreed that the process of negotiations will continue and that appropriate consultations will be completed regarding the date and venue of the coming round," added Mr. Walsum, facilitator of the two rounds of Manhasset talks that were also attended by representatives from neighboring countries, Algeria and Mauritania, who were consulted separately during the talks.