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The UN Security Council is scheduled to receive the UNSG’s annual report on “the situation in the Moroccan Sahara” in early April. Based on the report, the UN body will decide by the end of the same month whether or not to renew the mandate of UN Mission to the Moroccan Sahara, known by its French acronym as MINURSO.
As in previous years, the SC will most likely renew MINURSO’s mandate. Less than six weeks before the April meeting, the United Secretary General’s Personal Envoy to the Moroccan Sahara, has begun a new tour to the region.
The lecture will discuss many aspects of the territorial dispute, mainly why the UN has failed to help the parties to the conflict, Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario, reach a mutually acceptable political solution. An emphasis will placed on the mediation efforts led by American diplomat, Christopher Ross, who was appointed as the UNSG’s Personal Envoy since January 2009.
Dr. Samir Bennis will explore whether or not the trips that the UN mediators makes to the region will help bridge the gap between the parties to the conflict and what are the factors that prevent the UN from moving the political process forward.
Dr. Bennis will discuss what are the alternatives ways that could pave the way to reaching a political solution, in line with the international law and the relevant Security Council resolutions.
An emphasis will placed on the autonomy plan that Morocco presented to the Security Council in 2007 and discuss to what extent it is line with international law and why it could pave the way to reaching a political solution.
Samir Bennis is a political analyst with over eight of experience working as a political adviser with an Arab Mission to the United Nations in New York.
He received a Ph.D. from the University of Provence in France in November 2005. He also holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Toulouse I, a Master’s degree in Iberian studies from the University of Toulouse II, a Master’s degree in diplomatic studies from Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies in Paris and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish studies from the University of Fez.
He pursued a post-doctoral research at the Diplomatic School of Madrid. His areas of academic interest include, relations between Morocco and Spain and between the Muslim world and the West, as well as the Moroccan Sahara conflict. He has published over a 200 articles in Arabic, French, English and Spanish, and authored Les Relations Politiques, Economiques et CulturellesEntre le Maroc et l’Espagne: 1956-2005, which was published in French in 2008. He is the co-founder of Morocco World News. He lives in New York.
Friday, March 25, 4:00-7:00 p.m
Mr.Bennis explaining the goals of th conference