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Cablegate: Draft Minurso Resolution for 24 October Friends

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UNCLAS STATE 147948

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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV UNSC MO AG WI
SUBJECT: DRAFT MINURSO RESOLUTION FOR 24 OCTOBER FRIENDS
MEETING

1. USUN is authorized to circulate the text in paragraph
three as a draft resolution for the Group of Friends meeting
on the 24th of October 2008.

2. Action Request: USUN is requested to report the
reactions to this draft resolution by the Group of Friends as
well as other interested parties in New York.

3. Begin Text:
The Security Council,

PP1 Recalling all its previous resolutions on Western
Sahara,

PP2 Reaffirming its strong support for the efforts of the
Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy,

SIPDIS

PP3 Reaffirming its commitment to assist the parties to
achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political
solution, which will provide for the self-determination of
the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements
consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of
the United Nations, and noting the role and responsibilities
of the parties in this respect,

PP4 Reiterating its call upon the parties and States of the
region to continue to cooperate fully with the United Nations
and with each other to end the current impasse and to achieve
progress towards a political solution,

PP5 Taking note of the two rounds of negotiations held
under auspices of the Secretary-General; welcoming the
progress made by the parties to enter into direct
negotiations with each other,

PP6 Taking note that both sides have agreed to continue the
process of negotiations through United Nations sponsored
talks,

PP7 Welcoming the serious and credible Moroccan efforts to
move the process forward towards a resolution; expressing its
view that the Moroccan proposal is the realistic basis for
negotiation,

PP8 Taking note of the Polisario Front proposal presented
to the Secretary-General,

PP9 Taking note the report of the Secretary-General of 19
October 2007 (S/2007/619),

OP1 Reaffirms the need for full respect of the military
agreements reached with MINURSO with regard to the ceasefire;

OP2 Calls upon the parties to continue negotiations under
the auspices of the Secretary General without preconditions
and in good faith, taking into account the developments of
the past six 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 in the context of arrangements consistent with the
principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations,
and noting the role and responsibilities of the parties in
this respect;

OP3 Invites Member States to lend appropriate assistance to
such talks;

OP4 Requests the Secretary-General to provide a report by
31 January 2008 on the status and progress of these
negotiations under his auspices, and expresses its intention
to meet to receive and discuss this report;

OP5 Requests the Secretary-General to provide a report on
the situation in Western Sahara 30 days prior to the end of
the mandate period, also request the Secretary-General to
include in his next report appropriate indicators against
which the Council can measure MINURSO,s performance;

OP6 Calls on Member States to consider voluntary
contributions to fund Confidence Building Measures that allow
for increased contact between separated family members,
especially family unification visits;

OP7 Requests the Secretary-General to continue to take the
necessary measures to ensure full compliance in MINURSO with
the United Nations, zero-tolerance policy on sexual
exploitation and abuse and to keep the Council informed, and
urges troop-contributing countries to take appropriate
preventive action including pre-deployment awareness
training, and other action to ensure full accountability in
cases of such conduct involving their personnel;

OP8 Decides to extend the mandate of the United Nations
Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until
30 April 2008;

OP9 Decides to remain seized of the matter.

End Text

4. During the course of final Friends negotiations, USUN is
authorized to offer this following addition to new PP8
&expressing its view that the proposal should be
considered8 in exchange for final agreement a Friends text
with the following conditions:
-- Clearly state the caveat that you must get an agreement in
Washington
-- No changes had been made to PP7, without consulting
Washington

5. The point contact is LTC James Thomas, IO/PSC at 202
736-7737.
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