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Tuesday 4 December 2018

Sahara: UNSG Welcomes Decision by Morocco and Algeria to Participate in Geneva Round-table Meeting

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Sahara: UNSG Welcomes Decision by Morocco and Algeria to Participate in Geneva Round-table Meeting

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed, on Tuesday, the decision of Morocco and Algeria to participate in a round-table meeting in Geneva on 5 and 6 December on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.

Guterres "welcomes the decision of Morocco, the Polisario, Algeria and Mauritania to accept the invitation of his Personal Envoy, Horst Köhler, to participate in an initial round-table meeting in Geneva on 5 and 6 December 2018," said his Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq.

"The Secretary-General reiterates his steadfast support to his Personal Envoy and his efforts to relaunch the negotiation process in line with Security Council resolution 2440 of 31 October 2018," the spokesman said in a statement.

The UN chief "urges all to engage in good faith, without preconditions and in a constructive spirit in the discussions," Haq concluded.

A Moroccan delegation will head to Geneva, Wednesday and Thursday, to take part in a round-table meeting over the regional dispute of the Moroccan Sahara. This participation comes following the invitation by the UNSG personal envoy Horst Köhler, sent on Sept. 28 and Nov. 23, 2018, to Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the polisario.

The Moroccan delegation, led by foreign minister Nasser Bourita, will include Omar Hilale, Morocco's permanent representative to the UN in New York, Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid, president of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region, Ynja Khattat, president of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region and Fatima Adli, community actor and member of Smara's municipal council.

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