Argel reminds De Mistura that his mission takes place in a “context of war”

Algiers, Jan 19 (EFE).- Algeria today warned the UN special envoy for the conflict in Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, that his mission takes place “in a context of war”, and insisted that his position is firm in defense of the independence of the former Spanish colony, occupied by Morocco since 1975. This was stated by the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, during a meeting with which De mistura ended his first tour of the region since who was appointed four months ago and in which, according to the UN, he has listened to the parties in conflict and explored the options that exist to neutralize the warlike tension and recover the dialogue process. “I have reiterated the firm position of our country, which supports the decolonization of the last colony in Africa,” explained the Algerian minister in a brief message spread through social networks. Hours earlier, the Italian-Swedish diplomat, with extensive experience in conflict mediation, had a long interview with the special envoy for the issue of Western Sahara and the Maghreb countries at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amar Belani, also appointed a few days ago months and considered one of the most belligerent diplomats in relation to the defense of the Saharawi cause. According to the information provided to the press, during the meeting De Mistura “presented, in general terms, the main lines of his plan to try to relaunch the political process” A process “has reached a dead end due to the intransigence of the Moroccan side, which continues to multiply the obstacles and prohibitive conditions to perpetuate the colonial faits accompli”, explained the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement released at the end of that meeting. CONTEXT OF WAR The Algerian officials also reminded De Mistura of the “context of war” in which its mission is carried out, after the “rupture of the ceasefire by the Moroccan occupying power, which flagrantly violated the military agreements by occupying, on November 13, 2020, the demilitarized buffer zone of Guerguerat. Algeria supports “both in the substantive question and in aspects related to the format” the Saharawi theses and is also committed to “initiate, when the conditions are met, direct negotiations, in good faith and above all without prior conditions between the two parties in conflict, that is, the Polisario Front and Morocco”. In addition, she is in favor of “reactivating and revitalizing the joint settlement plan of 1991 (UN-OUA), as the only agreement accepted by the two parties in conflict and endorsed, on two occasions, by the Security Council.” “Finally, and whatever the processes envisaged, take into account the inescapable imperative of the free exercise by the Saharawi people of their inalienable right to self-determination.” An agreement that “conforms to international law and the doctrine of the United Nations with respect to a territory that remains to be decolonized and whose status remains to be determined under the auspices and the political and moral responsibility of the United Nations,” the note concluded. AN INTENSIVE WEEK De Mistura’s tour started a week ago in Rabat and during it the diplomat has maintained intense activity that has also taken him to the Saharawi refugee camps built nearly half a century ago in the desert region to the west of the Algerian city of Tindouf. There, De Mistura visited various projects and was received by Brahim Ghali, leader of the Polisario Front and president of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), recognized by dozens of countries. In addition, he listened to the demand of the Saharawis that the return to the dialogue table be based on guarantees that oblige Morocco to fulfill the commitments. Later, he moved to Mauritania, a country with which the Polisario fought until 1980 and which currently maintains close trade relations with Rabat through the controversial Guerguerat pass, and with Algeria, with which it maintains a project to increase the effectiveness of the trans-saharan highway. EFE non-jm/mmg

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