United Nations-brokered talks have begun regarding the future of Western Sahara - the first in years.
Delegations from Morocco, the Frente POLISARIO, Algeria and Mauritania made their presence at the UN roundtable meeting in Geneva on Wednesday.
“The meeting is the first of its kind in six years and takes place in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2440 as a first step towards a renewed negotiations process with the aim of reaching a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara,” the world body confirmed in a statement.
The two days of talks are being convened by the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, former President Horst Köhler of Germany.
In 1991, the UN helped bring an end to fighting in Western Sahara, before setting up a peacekeeping mission there, called the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).