28 April 2016 - Western Sahara: MINURSO’s mandata is renewed for a year [fr]
Adoption of resolution 2285 on the renewal of the MINURSO mandate - Explication of vote by François Delattre, Permanent representative of France to the United Nations -Security Council - 28 April 2016
I would first like to applaud the persistent efforts of the United States, which worked tirelessly to ensure that resolution 2285 (2016), which we just adopted, represented a response adequate to the difficulties we have witnessed in the past few weeks in relations between Morocco and the Secretary-General regarding the issue of Western Sahara and the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). The goal, after all, is to create the conditions conducive to restoring an atmosphere conducive to calm and to the proper functioning of MINURSO, to which we are all very committed.
Thanks to the decision we have just taken, MINURSO’s mandate has been renewed for a year and for the entire Mission. That could be crucial, since the Mission does essential work on the ground, and I would like to commend the work of the Ms. Kim Bolduc, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Mr. Christopher Ross, Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, and the Secretary-General himself. They have all contributed within their areas of responsibility to ensuring that the ceasefire is maintained and to advancing the situation towards a settlement of the dispute, which is so necessary to the people of Western Sahara and to the stability, security and prosperity of the region, which is in any case facing major security challenges.
As a result, France will continue to support the political process, led by the United Nations and aimed at making progress towards a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, in accordance with international law and the relevant Security Council resolutions.On the substance of the issues, France believes that the plan for autonomy presented by Morocco in 2007 represents a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution. Now that the mandate has been renewed, steps must be taken as quickly as possible to enable MINURSO’s mandate to be fully implemented, and specifically resolving the issue of its personnel, particularly the civilian component, which in the past few weeks has been the subject of discussion between Morocco and the Secretary-General.
For its part, the Council should continue to follow the issue actively and to work to establish a climate of trust and positive momentum conducive to political negotiations, the responsibility for which lies in the United Nations with the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy. France will continue to support every effort in that regard.