The United Nations released on Friday its provisional monthly program for the discussion of outstanding international issues as proposed by France and Germany, leading the Security Council. The coming month of April will feature four sessions that will discuss the Moroccan Sahara issue as follows:
The first session will begin on April 1st and will examine the detailed report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, submitted on March 12th and evaluating MINURSO’s work and the revision of its budget for the period from June 1st, 2016 to July 30th, 2020. The report will be presented by the Secretary-General to the 15 members of the Council, in the presence of his Special Envoy for the region, Horst Koehler, and Canadian Colleen Stewart, head of MINURSO.
The second session was set for April 9th and will be dedicated to a technical meeting to discuss the problems and limit the obstacles faced by MINURSO personnel by the peacekeeping troop contributors deployed east and west of the barrier. This meeting will conclude with the formulation of recommendations for the final report of the Secretary-General.
The third session of the program was set for April 10th to discuss and amend the draft report of the UN Secretary-General on the Moroccan Sahara conflict and discuss the possibility of renewing the mandate of MINURSO, which will end on April 30th. The Secretary-General, his Special Envoy and the President of MINURSO, as well as the Deputy Secretary-General in charge of Political Affairs, will attend the meeting.
The last session is scheduled for the 29th of April and will facilitate the adoption of a final UN resolution after re-examining the purpose of the UN mission, discussing its most important developments, assessing the progress of the proposed political solution, and monitoring the reactions of the four parties (Morocco, Polisario, Algeria and Mauritania).