Western Sahara: Lamamra stresses urgent need to settle conflict, denounces obstacles to peace process

New York, September 23, 2016 (SPS) - Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra stressed Thursday, in New York, the urgent need to settle the conflict in Western Sahara while denouncing the negative developments characterizing the peace process led by the United Nations (UN).

“The peace process led by UN in Western Sahara has been characterized, this year, by several negative developments. The United Nations, and particularly the Council of Security, have lost their authority, and thus the settlement process has weakened,” said Lamamra in a speech delivered on behalf of Algeria at the 71st UN General Assembly, taking place in New York.

“These annoying circumstances underline the urgent need to settle this conflict, in accordance with the international law and the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination,” he affirmed.

Lamamra, who broached the political instability and the challenges of sub-development which are taking larger dimensions notably in the Middle East and Africa, said that no one, anywhere, is spared by security risks.

Lamamra called to redouble efforts to bring peace to Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan and to Central African Republic. (SPS)