Algeria Refuses Morocco’s Call to Join Western Sahara Talks as Main Party- Algeria maintains reluctance to admit responsibility in the Western Sahara conflict.
President Abdulaziz Bouteflika’s government wants to participate in the United Nations roundtable talks on Western Sahara only but want to remain as an observer, not as the main party leading the talks.
The African neighbours have long had a conflict. For years they refused to join talks with each other over the 42-year-long conflict over Western Sahara.
Jeune Afrique reported that the UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said that the four parties invited to the roundtable talks are invited to participate and to come “in good faith and without preconditions,” as requested by Guterres in his Western Sahara report to the Security Council.
On October 3, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked for a one-year extension of the MINURSO accords to provide time to find a new lasting agreement to the Western Sahara conflict, that has blighted tensions between the two Muslims African nations.
The UN Security Council has now set a date to meet on October 29 to decide on a new mandate of the UN mission for Western Sahara, MINURSO. Its current mandate will expire on October 31.