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The UN Security Council has approved a resolution calling for "a realistic, practicable and enduring political solution" to the 42-year conflict over the Western Sahara between Morocco and the Polisario Front independence movement.
The UN envoy for Western Sahara has offered his resignation after leading efforts for eight years to settle the conflict between Morocco and the Polisario Front.
A South African official at the African Union has told News24 that SA is not opposed to Morocco re-joining the AU but "will have to accept Western Sahara as an equal member
of the organisation".
The tension between Morocco and the Polisario has reached a boiling point following Rabat's decision to send armed security personnel to the Guerguerat region at the Morocco-Mauritania border.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for negotiations in the coming months to settle the frozen conflict over Western Sahara, at the centre of tensions between Morocco and African countries.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called for a new push to resolve the conflict over Western Sahara and emphasised the importance of human rights.
The UN chief has renewed his appeals for sustained human rights monitoring in the disputed territory of northern Africa’s Western Sahara.
The United States has postponed a vote at the UN Security Council on preparing talks on Western Sahara to allow for more time for negotiations, diplomats say.
African Union heads of state are set to decide whether to readmit Morocco after a 33-year absence. Looming over that decision is the decades-old dispute over the Western Sahara.
The UN peacekeeping chief says he is heading to the disputed Western Sahara later this week to visit UN troops for the first time since Morocco expelled more than 70 UN civil staffers in March.
Western Sahara independence movement Polisario Front has elected a founding member of the group as its new leader.
Morocco says it is considering a boycott of Swedish companies operating in the North African kingdom because of Sweden’s position on the conflict over Western Sahara.
The Security Council has voted unanimously to keep a UN peacekeeping force in Morocco’s Western Sahara region for another year without a mandate to monitor human rights.
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