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BRUSSELS COUNCIL - Platform for global progress

10-11 April 2000


With regard to Western Sahara, the Socialist International,

having regard to its previous resolutions on Western Sahara, in particular its resolution of November 1999;

and considering the efforts aimed at finding a just, peaceful and lasting solution to the Western Sahara conflict in accordance with the terms of the UN plan and the Houston Agreements;

offers its full cooperation to the UN in order to speed up the implementation of the plan, and to this end it supports steps that might be taken by the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General James Baker;

expresses its deep concern at the constant postponement of the referendum on self-determination and calls on all the parties to honour the deadlines already set and to cooperate fully with United Nations Mission for the referendum (MINURSO) for the holding of a free, fair and impartial referendum in Western Sahara; and

urges the parties involved to start a political dialogue on the future of the region beyond the eventual agreements that could be made in the present negotiations.