AU PSC decides to place Western Sahara issue on its agenda twice year

Addis Ababa (AU), April 11, 2015 (SPS) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has now decided to place the issue of Western Sahara on its agenda at least twice a year and regularly review the situation based on updates and recommendations by the AU Commission’s chairperson, indicated the Council in a report Friday on the situation of Western Sahara.

“Since 2014 the Western Sahara situation has risen high on the agenda of the African Union (AU) with the former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, appointed as the Special Envoy of the Chairperson for Western Sahara. The Peace and Security Council (PSC) has now decided to place the issue on its agenda at least twice a year.”

“On 27 March 2015 the PSC discussed the situation in Western Sahara. The Council received the report of the AU Commission chairperson on the situation in Western Sahara and was briefed by Chissano in his role as special envoy.”

“The Foreign Affairs Minister of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Salem Ould Salek, addressed the meeting, as did representatives of Nigeria, which is an African member of the UN Security Council and of the UN Secretariat.”

“In a subsequent communiqué the Council relaunched the AU’s multi-track effort to resolve the crisis and called for the restart of the UN-brokered peace effort,” the report further indicated. (SPS)