AU calls for renewed efforts to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara

Addis Ababa, 16 April 2014(SPS)- The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, calls for renewing efforts to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara, welcoming the report issued by the UN Secretary General on the situation concerning Western Sahara, on 10 April 2014.
The report covers a wide range of issues, including the consultations undertaken by the Secretary-General's Personal Envoy with the Parties to the conflict, namely the Frente Polisario and the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as with other stakeholders; the activities of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO); and humanitarian activities and human rights.
The Chairperson of the Commission of the AU, notes the call made to all relevant actors, in light of the increased interest in the natural resources of Western Sahara, to "recognize the principle that the interests of the inhabitants... are paramount"; as well as the recognition that the end goal remains "the sustained, independent and impartial monitoring of human rights".
She also urges the UN Security Council to seize the opportunity of the consideration of the report of the Secretary-General and the adoption of its next resolution on Western Sahara, which is expected to extend the mandate of MINURSO until 30 April 2015, to give the much-needed impetus to the search for a solution to the conflict.
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, reiterates in a statement published yesterday on the official website of the commission , AU's support for the efforts of the UN Security Council and those of the Secretary-General, including his Personal Envoy. (SPS)