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Sahara : Antonio Guterres submits comments to the UN from previous reports

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. / Ph. DR
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The 74th session of the UN General Assembly is examining a report submitted on August 15 by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the «Right of peoples to self-determination».

A part of this document addresses the Western Sahara question. The Secretary-General’s reports talks about «the situation concerning Western Sahara, covering developments since his previous report and providing a description of the situation on the ground, the status and progress of the political negotiations on Western Sahara, progress in the implementation of Council resolution 2414, the existing challenges to the operations of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and the steps taken to address those challenges».

In his report, Guterres «noted that, during the reporting period, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) had received a number of reports alleging that demonstrators had been forcibly dispersed during protests related to the right to self-determination, the disposal of natural wealth and resources, and the rights of detainees».

Guterres also welcomed the fact that «MINURSO remained a core element of the United Nations effort to reach a just, durable and mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict in Western Sahara».

It is worth mentioning that the Secretary-General's document presented to the UN General Assembly has ignored the situation in the Sahara since the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2468 on April 30, 2019.

Antonio Guterres is expected, in the coming days, to reveal his report on the progress of the peace process in the province since April 30 until today.

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