UN Security Council, international community called upon to resolve conflict (NGO)

London, April 29, 2015 (SPS) - The Organization Oxfam International called on the UN Security Council and the international community to work for the resolution of the Western Saharan conflict currently confined in a “stalemate”.
“The Security Council should give new impetus to the negotiation process in order to overcome the current impasse while publicly recognizing that the status quo is not an option. This momentum will lead to an agreement on the content of a possible solution, as well as the means to achieve self-determination for the people of Western Sahara,” recommended the non-governmental organization (NGO).
In a lengthy note entitled “40 years of exile, the Sahrawi refugees abandoned by the international community,” Oxfam International asked the UN agency to “demonstrate the political will to achieve a lasting solution in accordance with international law, saying that the “actions of its members should be guided by the commitments made towards the Saharawi people rather than national interests.”
Addressing the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), of which it reaffirmed the “role and mandate” the NGO called it to assume in responsibilities in terms of peacekeeping, including “monitoring, assessment and reporting” on the evolution of the situation in the Saharawi territories occupied by Morocco. (SPS)