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The U.N. Security Council's renewal of the mandate of the U.N. Mission in Western Sahara, or MINURSO, on April 28 marked a shift in the United Nations' approach to the Western Sahara dispute.Although the U.N. has backed away from its initial call for a standing, continuous and impartial monitoring of human rights (though not explicitly located within the current U.N. Mission), and has instead called on parties to strengthen cooperation with existing U.N. human rights reporting bodies and mechanisms, Rabat remains concerned.In this context, the U.N. is now content to limit its stand on human rights monitoring to its repeated call for Morocco and the Polisario to cooperate with current U.N. human rights mechanisms and procedures.Second, the human rights situation should be assessed through innovative mechanisms, perhaps by placing a human rights reporting system outside of the U.N.'s formal human rights procedures and having a rapporteur directly answerable to the U.N. Security Council (which should please Morocco) and supported by MINURSO (which should please the Polisario and Algeria).
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