1 January 2014

Morocco: Christopher Ross Meets Sahrawi and Moroccan Parties in January

The Saharawi Coordinator with the UN mission for the referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Mr. Mhammed Khadad said Tuesday in Awserd province, Sahrawi refugee camps, that the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Christopher Ross, will hold a meeting with Saharawi and Moroccan parties in January 2014, as part of UN efforts to resolve the conflict in the Western Sahara.

In a statement to the press on the sidelines of the Eighth Congress of Sahrawi Youth, the Sahrawi official expressed hope that this meeting will help "restore" the course of negotiations in order to organize a referendum on self-determination in the Western Sahara.

Mr. Mhamed khadad indicated "failure to organize a referendum on self-determination in the Western Sahara is borne by some members in the UN Security Council, notably France."

He also pointed out that Morocco " fears the organisation of the referendum because it knows the result will be, without doubt, in favor of independence" of the Western Sahara, adding that the Moroccan regime is "buying time" to make the Saharawi people give up its "legitimate" struggle for for independence.

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