United Nations, Dec. 7 -- The first UN-led talks in six years over the disputed Western Sahara-region concluded on a positive note in Geneva, where the Organisation's representative Horst Kohler said that further discussions are planned 'in the first quarter of 2019'.

Speaking to journalists after two days of roundtable discussions in the Swiss city, Mr Kohler said the meeting was a "first, but important step" towards a renewed political process on the future of the disputed territory.

"I would like to applaud the delegations for having engaged openly and in a spirit of mutual respect," he said, adding that "nobody wins from maintaining the status quo".

Resolving the conflict "lies in the interest of all", Mr Kohler added, in his capacit...