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Western Sahara: a spirit of compromise in order to achieve a political solution

Underlining the need to continue negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations with a view to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the Western Sahara conflict, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today called on all parties “to show realism and a spirit of compromise in order to move forward with their negotiations”.

Following the proposals by the rapporteur (Liliane Maury Pasquier, Switzerland, SOC), the parliamentarians encouraged all member States of the Council of Europe “to intensify their efforts and work together to find a just and final political solution to the conflict, enabling the establishment of lasting security and stability in the Sahel-Saharan region”.

Despite the progress made by Morocco with regard to diverse questions relating to human rights and democracy, the Assembly is nevertheless concerned about a number of alleged human rights breaches in Western Sahara, as well as the humanitarian situation in the Tindouf camps, and has drawn up a number of recommendations addressed to the Moroccan authorities and to representatives of the Polisario Front and Algeria.

The Assembly believes that the progress made by Morocco in the field of human rights in Western Sahara and the implementation of the resolution adopted today “should henceforth be taken into account in the next evaluation report on the partnership for democracy in respect of the Parliament of Morocco”, which is due in 2015.