The mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in conflict-torn Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, gained another year under a resolution by the U.N. Security Council.

The resolution urged warring parties in Western Sahara - Morocco and rebel group Frente Polisario - to continue their dialogue under the guidance of the U.N. secretary-general.

Last week, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about alleged human rights violations amid the conflict but reassured Frente Polisario’s secretary-general, Mohamed Abdelaziz, that the U.N. will keep “an active and balanced engagement in the search for a solution to the Western Sahara conflict that provides for the self-determination for the people of Western Sahara.”

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  • Eliza Villarino

    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.