United Nations Security Council Resolution 1720
, adopted unanimously on October 31, 2006, after recalling all previous resolutions on the situation in Western Sahara
, including resolutions 1495
(2004) and 1675
(2006), the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara
(MINURSO) for six months until April 30, 2007.
Of the fifteen members of the Security Council, 14 approved a draft resolution that included a provision expressing concern about Moroccan human rights
abuses in the occupied territory
; only France
objected, and thus the paragraph was ommitted from the final text. The United States
had suggested wrapping up the mission during discussions prior to the adoption of Resolution 1720.
The Security Council reaffirmed the need for a durable and mutual solution to the Western Sahara problem, which would provide for the self-determination
of the people of the territory. Both Morocco
, the Polisario Front
and regional states were urged to co-operate with the United Nations to end the political impasse and reach a solution to the long-running dispute.
All parties were called upon to respect military agreements reached with MINURSO regarding a ceasefire
. Member States were called upon to consider contributing towards confidence-building measures to... Read More