4 May 2017

Morocco: Govt Hopes Morocco's AU Return Will Speed Fresh Western Sahara Talks

Ethiopia's Permanent Representative on the UN Security Council, Ambassador Dr.Tekeda

Ethiopia has added its voice to calls for Morocco and the Polisario Front to amicably resolve political issues relating to the independence of the Western Sahara.

Ethiopia's permanent representative on the Security Council, Ambassador Dr.Tekeda Alemu, was speaking during a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session in New York.

This comes after the UNSC voted unanimously last Friday, to restart talks between the two differing sides and extend its peacekeeping mission in the territory for another year.

Ambassador Tekeda_said that it was key for both parties to commit themselves to resuming the fifth round of negotiation in good faith and without any condition, a move supported by the African Union (AU).

"The latest development has underscored the need for renewing efforts for the resumption of talks between the parties to find a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to this long standing issue on the basis of relevant Security Council resolutions.

"This is something we have always supported based on our conviction that it will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the UN charter," he stressed.

According to him, the involvement of the AU in the latest round of talks allied with the return of Morocco to the fold was positive signals relative to the new talks.

"The resumption of direct and serious talks between the parties without preconditions also, is what the AU has been calling for and fully supported.

"Now that Morocco has returned to the African Union family - which is a very important development, which we welcome; we hope it might facilitate the speeding up of the process of finding an amicable solution to this long-standing dispute and that the AU will have a supportive role to the UN-sponsored peace talks," he concluded.

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