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High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini met with the UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy H.E. Horst Köhler in Brussels on 9 January for an exchange of views on the relaunch of the UN peace process for Western Sahara.
High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini stressed the EU's resolute support for the UN's renewed efforts, in the spirit of recent UNSC resolutions and in particular the latest UNSC resolution of 28 April 2017, to help bring to a conclusion this long-standing conflict and 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 UN.
High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini highlighted that not only the parties in the dispute stand to gain from a definitive peace agreement, but so do all countries in the region as would the EU.
The EU has long argued in favour of increased regional cooperation and would be willing to consider with all interested stakeholders ways to promote regional and cross-border cooperation so as to enhance regional development.