Security Council to receive briefing on Western Sahara in October

New York, Oct 1, 2017 (SPS) - The United Nations Security Council will receive a briefing on Western Sahara in October to discuss the situation in this non-self-governing territory, while the UN intends to relaunch mediation efforts from next month with a view to resuming talks between Polisario Front and Morocco.

The semi-annual briefing is expected to be conducted by the new Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler.

The new UN envoy held discussions with the parties to the conflict, Polisario Front and Morocco and met with representatives of neighbouring countries, top officials of the UN as well as with African Union's Commissioner for Peace and Security.

Horst Kohler intends to pay a visit to the region in October with a view to relaunching negotiations, which have been at a standstill since 2012. (SPS)