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Communiqué (Manhasset III) of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara (In Agreement with the Parties)

Greentree Estate

Representatives of Morocco and the Frente Polisario met under United Nations auspices at the Greentree Estate on 8-9 January 2008, in continuation of their discussions aimed at finding a mutually acceptable solution to the impasse in the conflict on Western Sahara. As was the case in the previous rounds of talks, representatives of the neighbouring countries, Algeria and Mauritania, were also present at the opening and closing sessions and were consulted separately during the talks.

The discussions focused on the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1754 (2007) and 1783 (2007). During the two days of discussions, the Parties continued to express strong differences on the fundamental questions at stake. At the same time, the Parties reiterated their commitment to show political will and negotiate in good faith, as called for by the Security Council, and agreed on the need to move the process into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations.

In addition, the Parties discussed but did not agree on confidence-building measures. They also had preliminary discussions on thematic subjects such as administration, competencies and organs.

With regard to the next steps in the process, the Parties agreed to convene on 11-13 March 2008 at Greentree Estate, New York, for a fourth round of talks. In order to help prepare the groundwork for those discussions, the parties welcomed my intention to visit the region shortly for in-depth consultations.

[Source: Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Manhasset, 09Jan08]

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