Oran, December 20, 2015 (SPS) - Algeria will spare no effort to support the United Nations Secretary General's efforts for the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara, said Sunday in Oran Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra.
"We hope that the forthcoming visit of the UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to the region will be an opportunity to bring the two parties to the conflict to the negotiation table with a view to resuming the peace process," said Lamamra at the opening of the third High-Level Seminar on Peace and Security in Africa.
Lamamra said that "Algeria will endeavour to support the efforts of the UN chief and his personal envoy for final settlement of the conflict through the holding of a referendum on self-determination."
"In Western Sahara, the peace process conducted by the UN since 1990 is at a standstill," he said, adding that "the proposals made in 2007 by the two parties to the conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front, have not allowed resumption of talks and no progress have been made since then."
Lamamra also underlined the difficulties face by the UN special envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, and Kim Bolduk, his special representative and head of the UN Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), and deplored the attitude and manoeuvres of Morocco.
In this regard, the Foreign minister called on the UN, and particularly the Security Council, to assume their responsibilities and urge a solution in accordance with the international law in order to end the suffering of the Sahrawi people, who live under occupation in their territory and in the exile." (SPS)