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Communiqué (Manhasset IV) of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara Peter van Walsum (In agreement with the parties)

Meeting at Manhasset (Greentree Estate)
16-18 March 2008

Representatives of Morocco and the Frente Polisario met in Manhasset, New York, at the Greentree Estate, on 16 - 18 March 2008, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 1754 of 30 April 2007 and 1783 of 31 October 2007 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 the Security Council resolutions. The parties also discussed thematic subjects such as administration, justice and resources. Among a number of proposals I made to expand confidence building measures, there was agreement among the parties to explore the establishment of family visits by land, which would be in addition to the existing programme by air.

In concluding this fourth round of talks, the parties reiterated their commitment to continue the negotiations at Manhasset at a date to be determined by common agreement.

[Source: By Peter van Walsum, Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Manhasset, 18Mar08]

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