ALGIERS - Algeria "welcomes" the fact that many UN Security Council members have given substance to the new impetus the United Nations secretary general and his personal envoy, President Horst Köhler, want to be given to Western Sahara people's self-determination, the ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday in a statement.

"UN Security Council has just renewed MINURSO mandate for a period of six months, urging the two parties to the conflict, namely the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front, to initiate real negotiations without preconditions, and in good faith, to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution providing for Western Sahara people's self-determination," the ministry said.

Algeria "welcomes the fact that many members, including South Africa and Russia, have proposed constructive ideas to give substance to the new impetus wanted by the UN secretary general and his special envoy, President Horst Köhler."

"In its capacity as a neighboring country, Algeria will continue to provide, with responsibility and hope, its support to the process led by Horst Köhler," the statement said.

Algeria "reiterates its encouragement to the two parties to the long-standing conflict, for serious negotiations leading to a just and lasting settlement providing for the self-determination of Western Sahara people, as mentioned in Resolution 2468 (2019)."

Such a solution, the ministry of Foreign Affairs added, would "release a creative potential for the building of the Grand Maghreb, aspired by the populations of the region."


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