Western Sahara

A spirit of compromise in order to achieve a political solution to the Western Sahara conflict

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Underlining the need to continue negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations with a view to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the Western Sahara conflict, the Committee on Political Affairs called on all parties to show realism and a spirit of compromise in order to move forward the negotiations.

Following the proposals by the rapporteur (Liliane Maury Pasquier, Switzerland, SOC), the Committee called encouraged all member States of the Council of Europe to redouble and join their efforts in the search for a definitive political solution in order to establish lasting security and stability in the Sahel-Saharan region.

Despite the progress made by Morocco with regard to diverse questions relating to human rights and democracy, the Committee is nevertheless concerned about a number of alleged human rights breaches in Western Sahara, as well as the humanitarian situation in the Tindouf camps, and has established a number of recommendations addressed to the Moroccan authorities and to representatives of the Polisario Front and Algeria.

The Assembly will debate the draft resolution during its next Summer plenary Session (23-27 June 2014)