United Nations —  SA on Tuesday chastised the UN Security Council after it adopted a resolution on Western Sahara that it said was unbalanced and ignored African concerns. The US-drafted resolution extending the observer mission in Western Sahara was adopted by a vote of 13 in favor in the 15-member council. SA abstained along with Russia. SA ambassador Jerry Matjila told the council the SA government had considered opposing the measure that renewed the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (Minurso) until October 31 and called for negotiations on ending the conflict to resume. “The current text as it stands is not balanced,” said Matjila. He appealed for support for Western Sahara’s people, drawing a parallel with his own country for which international solidarity “brought down the repressive system of apartheid”. SA is a supporter of the Polisario Front, the movement seeking a referendum on independence from Morocco for the north African territory. The African Union (AU)...

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