Security Council Extends Mandate of United Nations Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara by 10 Votes in Favour, 2 against, with 2 Abstentions | SADR Permanent Mission in Ethiopia and African Union

Opposing Members Voice Concerns about Wording, Transparency in ConsultationsThe Security Council, last April 29th, extended until 30 April 2017 the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), reaffirming its commitment to help the parties achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that would provide for self-determination.

Adopting resolution 2285 (2016) by 10 votes in favour to 2 against (Uruguay, Venezuela), with 3 abstentions (Angola, New Zealand, Russian Federation), the Council emphasized the urgent need to return the Mission to full functionality.

Reaffirming the need for full respect for the military agreements reached with MINURSO regarding the ceasefire, the Council called upon all parties to cooperate fully with the Mission’s operations and to ensure the security of United Nations and associated personnel.

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