While the UN Security Council will hold five meetings devoted to Western Sahara throughout the month of October, the organization’s secretary general, Antonio Guterres, presented Monday to its members his annual report on the situation in the region.
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Largely based on the work of the United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in Western Sahara (Minurso), this report serves as an assessment of the past year, and outlines some short-term prospects for this dispute which has been going on for fifty years.
If Antonio Guterres notes that this year has been characterized by “low intensity hostilities” between Morocco and the Polisario, he remains “deeply worried” by the resurgence of military operations between them two actors in the conflict which, according to him, constitutes a “major setback” in the search for a political solution. Last year, in its previous edition, the Portuguese was already worried about the “great deterioration” of the situation in the region.
The report also indicates that the main shots brought to the attention of Minurso were fired near the town of Al-Mahbès, located in the buffer zone, about a hundred kilometers from Tindouf. These incidents have been on the rise since the beginning of 2021.