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01. November 2018

SOUTH AFRICA NOTES THE ADOPTION OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION ON WESTERN SAHARA

South Africa  notes the adoption of Resolution 2440 (2018) by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)  to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for the next six months, effective from 01 November 2018.

“While we note this resolution by the UNSC, we remain concerned that it has taken years for the Saharawi people to attain their independence. We are also reminded that the UN Mission was created to oversee a referendum on self-determination, which is yet to take place. We continue to affirm our solidarity and support for the just struggle of the people of Western Sahara for self-determination and independence,” said Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu.

Minister Sisulu added that, “it is our hope that the Resolution will resuscitate negotiations in Geneva led by the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Horst Köhler, based on the long-standing parameters of negotiations that would provide for right to self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.”

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