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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Readout of the Secretary-General’s telephone conversation with His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco

New York, 25 August 2012

The Secretary-General and His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco spoke by telephone on August 25. 

At the outset, the Secretary-General expressed his best wishes to His Majesty on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

He also took the occasion to praise the leadership of His Majesty and express his appreciation for the significant contribution that the Kingdom of Morocco makes to the United Nations.  He noted that, as a member of the Security Council and as an important partner in peacekeeping operations, Morocco participates readily in the efforts of the international community to bolster stability and security and prevent conflicts at the regional and international levels.

With regard to the Western Sahara issue, the Secretary-General stated that the United Nations does not intend to modify the terms of its mediation, whose purpose is to promote the achievement of a mutually acceptable political solution to this conflict.  He reaffirmed that his Personal Envoy and his new Special Representative will fulfill their respective mandates in promoting the negotiating process and encouraging further improvement of Moroccan-Algerian relations and in supervising peacekeeping activities within the framework set forth in successive Security Council resolutions and his instructions.