Algiers expressed its disagreement with the UN Security Council resolution on the Sahara. It was during its session on Thursday, October 27, 2022 that the UN adopted the resolution arousing a strong reaction from the Algerian authorities.
Algerian diplomacy regretted that the text “did not support the efforts of Staffan de Mistura”. The Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Sahara had the main mission of advancing this file, according to Algiers. Resolution 2654 extended for one year the UN mandate for the organization of a referendum in the Sahara, while asking the parties concerned (Morocco, Polisario Front, Algeria and Mauritania) to cooperate with the Special Envoy.
“The consideration by the Security Council of the report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, which includes the views of his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, offered the Council a valuable opportunity to influence the situation in the direction of the effective promotion of decolonization territory, through the exercise by its people of their inalienable right to self-determination,” said Algiers.
High sense of responsibility towards the Sahara
The resolution “results, like its predecessors since the questioning by the occupying power of its commitments to the settlement plan carried by resolution no. 690 (1991), from a laborious drafting exercise devoid of the will to and to stimulate efforts aimed at preserving the nature of the question of Western Sahara and scrupulously applying to it the doctrine and good practices of the United Nations in matters of decolonization,” the Algerian diplomacy continued.
For Algerian diplomacy, Staffan de Mistura, “whose approach Algeria understands and encourages, deserved the Security Council to strengthen it with a proactive mandate and vigorous support to ensure the same level of cooperation between the two parties, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front, in particular of the occupying power, whose preconditions aim to make conceivable a parody of a solution resulting in territorial annexation by force and a fait accompli”, continues Algiers.
Algiers welcomes the position of Russia and Kenya
Algiers says it is animated by a “high sense of its responsibilities, both towards the people of Western Sahara and towards the region as a whole, as well as with regard to the effectiveness of the United Nations”. However, Algerian diplomacy says it notes “with regret, a serious risk of distortion and erosion of the process which would be detrimental to regional peace, stability and security”.
Algerian diplomacy did not fail to salute the position of Russia and Kenya, which opted for abstention. For Algiers, the UN Security Council would have gained from following the position of these two countries, “to do useful work”.