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Communiqué (Manhasset I) of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara (agreed with the parties)

Meeting at Manhasset (Greentree Estate)

In accordance with Security Council resolution 1754 of 30 April 2007 on Western Sahara, the Secretary-General arranged for Morocco and the Frente Polisario to enter into negotiations, without preconditions, in good faith, taking into account the developments of the last months, with a view to achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.

Under the Secretary-General's auspices, the meeting was held in Manhasset, New York, at the Greentree Estate, on 18 and 19 June 2007, with the participation of the parties, Morocco and the Frente Polisario. Representatives of the neighbouring countries, Algeria and Mauritania, were also present at the opening and closing sessions and consulted separately.

During the meeting, negotiations started as requested by Security Council resolution 1754. The parties have agreed that the process of negotiations will continue in Manhasset in the second week of August, 2007.

[Source: Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Manhasset, 19Jun07]

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