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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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At the end of the Security Council's closed consultations on Wednesday afternoon on the Moroccan Sahara issue, Britain’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Jonathan Allen, whose country chairs the Council for this month, made a brief statement to press correspondents on the discussions between the Personal Envoy of the Secretary General, Horst Köhler, and members of the Security Council.



"President Horst Köhler got a lot of support from the Council for his approach and for his proposal to try and see if he can bring the parties together by the end of the year,” said Allen, adding that all 15 members “stressed the importance of consultations with everybody.”


Köhler is fully aware of "the need of prior and enhanced consultations with all the parties concerned, and I am sure he will do so, including as regards the modalities and the format and all the rest," the British diplomat pointed out.


This request of the Security Council to the Personal Envoy of the Secretary General took place following Morocco's request, as the Kingdom said that it will accept no idea or further step without its consultation and its prior approval.


Following Morocco's request, the members of the Security Council became aware that no solution to the Sahara Issue can be reached without the approval of Morocco.


For both Morocco and the members of the Security Council, the relaunch of the political process must take place in the framework of transparency, consultation and dialogue with all parties, particularly Morocco and Algeria.


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