Question of Western Sahara : report of the Secretary-General
17 July 2007
The Council also reaffirmed its strong support for the efforts of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy; reiterated its call upon the parties and States of the region to continue to cooperate fully with the United Nations to end the current impasse and to achieve progress towards a political solution; and reaffirmed the need for full respect of the military agreements reached with MINURSO w [...] Turning to the issue of confidence-building measures, the Secretary-General reported that on 3 November 2006, after a six-month hiatus, UNHCR and MINURSO had been able to resume the programme of exchange of family visits between the Territory and the refugee camps in the Tindouf area. [...] The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) had continued to follow the human 07-42832 3 A/62/128 rights situation in Western Sahara and the Tindouf camps and remained committed to ensuring that the rights of the people of Western Sahara were fully protected. [...] Concluding the report, the Secretary-General reiterated his recommendation that the Security Council call upon the parties, Morocco and the Frente Polisario, to enter into negotiations without preconditions, with a view to achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that would provide for the self- determination of the people of Western Sahara. [...] Related to the human dimension of the conflict, the Secretary-General stated that he was pleased that the exchange of family visits between the Territory and the refugee camps in the Tindouf area had resumed.