Tuesday, July 31, 2012

On July 31

On this day in ...
... 2003, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1495: The situation concerning Western Sahara. The resolution expressed support for a settlement plan put forward by former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker III, then serving as Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Western Sahara. It also provided a 3-month extension of the mandate of MINURSO, the U.N. Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, a land (above) for which the Polisario Front sought independence,but  that Morocco had annexed in 1976 after the former colonial power, Spain, withdrew. Although the BBC reported that the resolution represented "a powerful compromise favouring the Moroccans who have persistently warded off demands for a referendum during 12 years of negotiations," Morocco rejected the Council's call the very next day. MINURSO is still in place, and as this recent news indicates, the situation in Western Sahara remains troubled.

(Prior July 31 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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