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Security Council renews UN mission in Western Sahara for another year (2)

10:49, May 01, 2010      

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The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) was established by the Security Council resolution in April 1991 in accordance with settlement proposals accepted on Aug. 30, 1988 by Morocco and the POLISARIO Front.

The settlement plan, as approved by the Security Council, provided for a transitional period for the preparation of a referendum in which the people of Western Sahara would choose between independence and integration with Morocco.

In his April 12 report to the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended the mandate extension and welcomed both parties' commitment to the process of negotiations and their willingness to engage in the preparatory informal format. He noted, however, that two informal meetings held in August 2009 and February this year produced no movement on the core substantive issues, and more work is needed before a fifth round can be held.

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