We must prevent any risk of escalation & support the work of MINURSO [fr]
Renewing of MINURSO mandate
Explanation of vote by Mr François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council – 27 April 2018
France welcomes the adoption of resolution 2414 (2018). I would like to thank the United States penholder for its efforts on the text. The resolution that we have just adopted sets out a horizon. It should enable us jointly to prevent any risk of escalation, to support the essential work of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and to encourage a constructive momentum for the political process.
Ten days ago, with a tense situation on the ground, we met in consultations with Special Representative Colin Stewart. He encouraged us to send a clear message to prevent any risk of escalation. The adoption of the resolution responds to that call by helping the situation on the ground to return to normal so that real progress can be made in the political process.
I would like to reiterate our full support for MINURSO, which is doing outstanding and indispensable work on the ground in monitoring respect for the ceasefire and in having ensured the stability of the area for years. The role of the force is essential. Its means must be preserved. In that regard, the renewal for only six months of the Mission’s mandate, which seeks to keep the Security Council mobilized in support of the political process, must be an exception. We should ensure that that does not affect the management and planning of its resources. Maintaining an annual framework ensures the stability of peacekeeping operations.
Finally, it is particularly important that the members of the Council can come together. As we have seen in recent years, we need a constructive dynamic to support a new impetus in the political process. That dynamic, which has been ongoing for several months, is essential. I would therefore like to reiterate our full support for the political process under the auspices of the Secretary-General and the facilitation of his Personal Envoy, Mr. Horst Köhler, in order to find a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the question of Western Sahara.
We hope that the mandate renewal will encourage the strengthening of that dynamic and serious and credible efforts to advance the process in accordance with the parameters set by the Security Council. The dialogue initiated in recent months thanks to meetings organized by the Personal Envoy provides opportunities in that regard. We hope that it will succeed.