WEEK 50, 11-17.12.1995

Security Council: draft resolution still in discussion

The Security Council went on consultations about Western Sahara. A draft resolution was circulating (S/1995/1013). It welcomed the report of the Secretary-General of 24 November 1995, agreed to its proposals for the completion of the identification process and stressed the importance of the Secretary-General's warning, that failure to proceed with the identification process with the necessary speed could lead to the withdrawal of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).
The protests against the draft resolution were so strong that the Security Council called off the text. It will also await the advice of Mr. Erik Jensen, U.N. representative in the Western Sahara, who will meet with the Secretary-General December 12 in Geneva.

Robert Pelletreau, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, told at a press conference in Rabat, after he met King Hassan: "We would like to see a free, fair and impartial referendum in Western Sahara to determine the preference of the people of the region". He said the Secretary-General latest report on Western Sahara "has value and we are now studying how to translate this report into a resolution of the Security Council in order to pursue this process of referendum".

Mr. Boutros-Ghali announces he will send his senior adviser to the region in a good will mission. Mr. Chinmaya Gharekhan, Undersecretary-General and former U.N. ambassador of India, will go to Morocco, Algeria and the Sahara early in the new year.

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