Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Foreign minister Mr Mohamed Salem Ould Salek in NEW YORK

POLISARIO accepts the nomination of the new UN Envoy to Western Sahara (Ould Salek)



POLISARIO Front was informed by the UN about the nomination of the American, Christopher Ross, as the new Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General to Western Sahara and officially accepted, the Saharawi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, declared on Tuesday.

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, "informed us of this nomination that we accepted", Mr. Ould Salek declared in a statement to the Algerian Press Agency (APS), in margin of the works of the UN General Assembly’s fourth Committee that started Monday in New York.

POLISARIO accepted this nomination, Ould Salek said, "because we are ready, regardless who the mediator is, to negotiate on the basis of the Security Council’s resolutions that recognise the imperativeness of the exercise by the Saharawi people of their right to self-determination", he added.

"The mutually accepted political solution" recommended by the Security Council in its resolutions on Western Sahara, "must guarantee this inalienable right to self-determination", he affirmed.

The UN had already announced, last September, the end of the mandate of thee ex-Personal Envoy, Mr. Peter Van Walsum, but did not officially declared the name of his successor.

The Head of the Saharawi diplomacy said that this delay in the declaration of the name of the new nominee is due to the reluctance of Morocco to accept the new Envoy so far. Morocco "is putting pressures of the Secretary General and the new Personal envoy so as they accept the demarche of his predecessor, which was refused by the Security Council", Mr. Ould Salek said.


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