Western Sahara: Algiers, Pretoria call on Mistura to "coordinate closely" with AU

APS - 14 November 2021

ALGIERS- Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, and South African Minister of International Realtions and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, called Saturday in Algiers on the new UN Personal Envoy to Western Sahara, Staffan Mistura, to "coordinate closely" with the African Union (AU) in the decolonization of Africa's last colony.

In a joint statement issued on the occasion of the three-day visit, which began Friday in Algiers by Naledi Pandor, the two ministers "reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to support the legitimate struggle of the Sahrawi people for the exercise of their inalienable right to self-determination."

Both Ministers called on Staffan de Mistura to "coordinate closely with the AU to ensure the implementation of the PSC's decision, adopted on 9 March 2021, while inviting the Kingdom of Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), both members of the AU, to enter into direct negotiations," the same source added.

Lamamra and Pandor further urged the UN envoy to "relaunch the UN process for the implementation of the Settlement Plan unanimously adopted by the Security Council in its resolution 690 (1991)," according to the joint statement.