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Readout of UN Secretary-General’s meeting with Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz, Secretary-General of the Frente Polisario

New York, 10 June 2013

The Secretary-General met today with Mr. Mohammed Abdelaziz, Secretary-General of the Frente Polisario.  The Secretary-General reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to assisting Morocco and the Frente Polisario to negotiate a solution to their long-standing dispute over the future status of Western Sahara in accordance with UN resolutions. These call for a mutually acceptable agreement, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.  He encouraged the Frente Polisario to remain constructively engaged with his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Mr. Christopher Ross, who has called on both parties to demonstrate flexibility and creativity in working toward a solution.  The Secretary-General underlined his continued strong interest in respect for human rights in Western Sahara and in the refugee camps. He also expressed his concern over the increasing frustration and vulnerability that the absence of a settlement and the instability of the Sahel region have produced among young people in the refugee camps near Tindouf. He commended the Frente Polisario's continuing commitment to the path of dialogue.