Tindouf-based Group Proposes Alternative Solution to Western Sahara

Rabat - A number of figures from the Algeria-based Polisario Front have announced that they are proposing an alternative solution to the Western Sahara issue. Members of a faction of Polisario in opposition of the Front's leadership gathered last week and agreed to form a body that would represent all elements of the Sahrawi people. The meeting took place in the home of Sheikh Saleh Weld Mohammed Sheikh of ...

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Spanish Public Opinion Less Supportive of Western Sahara Independence: Survey

Rabat- Spanish public opinion regarding the question of Western Sahara has undergone a significant change over the last 10 years. 72 percent of Spaniards supported the territory’s independence in 2005, but only 58 percent support it in 2015, according to a survey conducted by the Spanish Real Instituto Elcano, one of the most important think tanks in Spain. The percentage of Spaniards who support Morocco gr ...

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Western Sahara: Togo Reiterates its Support for Morocco

Rabat - Togo reiterates its unwavering stance in support of Morocco concerning the Wesetrn Sahara issue, said, on Wednesday in Rabat, Togo's foreign minister Robert Dussey. "Morocco is not alone. We were, are and always will be on his side," said Dussey at a press briefing following a meeting with foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar, adding that Togo backs the UN-brokered peace process. Dussey also highlig ...

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Spain Lauds Morocco’s ‘Serious, Credible Efforts’ to Reach a Solution to Western Sahara

Madrid - Spain lauds serious and credible efforts made by Morocco to reach a solution to the Western Sahara issue, said the joint statement issued after the 11th Morocco-Spain high level meeting held on Friday in Madrid. The two countries commended the adoption in April 2015 of UNSC resolution 2218 on the Sahara issue, said the statement, issued at the end of the meeting co-chaired by heads of governments o ...

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France Supports Autonomy Plan as ‘Serious, Credible Solution” to Western Sahara

Paris- France underscored on Thursday its support for Morocco’s autonomy plan as a serious and credible basis for a political, fair, lasting and mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara. In a final statement issued at the end of the 12th French-Moroccan high level meeting in Paris, France reiterated support for the efforts led by the UN to find a settlement to this conflict. Morocco and France str ...

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Autonomy, ‘Only Viable Way’ to Settle Western Sahara Issue: Former Governor of New Mexico

Rabat - Morocco’s autonomy initiative represents the “only viable way” to reach a political settlement to the Western Sahara issue, Former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson said on Wednesday in Rabat. The autonomy proposal is "the only viable way to find a fair minded political solution" to the Western Sahara issue, the former US official told the press following talks with Foreign Minister Salaheddine ...

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Tindouf: Time for a Forceful Defense of Morocco’s Territorial Claim in Eastern Sahara

Washington DC - With the Western Sahara conflict in a stalemate at the United Nations, It is time for Morocco and Algeria to resolve their long standing territorial dispute over the Eastern Sahara. The regions of Bechar and Tindouf where the source of 1963 Sand War and are still at the heart of the current “cold” war between the two nations. Since the Algerian military establishment will never agree to a se ...

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Youth Initiative Denounce Google Map Line Separating Morocco From its Western Sahara

Rabat - A group of young people recently launched a video campaign denouncing the faint dotted line separating the kingdom of Morocco from its Sahara, known as “Western Sahara” on the Google Maps (www.maps.google.com) webmapping service. The initiative aims at raising awareness on the issue of Moroccan Sahara, and to inform people how to request Google to remove the dotted line, which is seen by many in the ...

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UN Security Council Resolution on Western Sahara, a ‘Heavy Blow’ to Morocco’s Adversaries

Rabat - Less than a week after the adoption of the United Nations Security Council of resolution 2218 which provides for the extension of the United Nations Mission in the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, Moroccan delegate Minister Mbarka Bouaida, said that the resolution constitutes “a heavy blow” to Algeria, the Polisario and their allies.  “The Security Council Resolution 2218 and the UN Secretary Gener ...

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UNSC Resolution on Western Sahara, ‘Significant Victory’ for Morocco: Govt. Chief

Rabat-  Resolution 2218, adopted unanimously Tuesday by the UN Security Council on the Western Sahara issue, is a "significant victory" for Morocco and a "huge defeat" for the enemies of the kingdom's territorial integrity, Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane said Thursday. Communication Minister, Government Spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi said during a press briefing following the weekly cabinet meeting that ...

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Polisario Prevents UN Mission From Entering Tindouf Camps

Rabat- Polisario armed militiamen denied access to a UN peacekeeping mission seeking to enter the Tindouf Camps, news website le360 reported. A team from the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) was banned from entring to the Tindouf camps on Thursday. According to the same source, the MINURSO team's helicopter was denied permission to land on a runway by armed members of th ...

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‘AU’s Partial Stances Strip it From Legitimacy to Play Any Role’ in Western Sahara

New York (UN) -  The notoriously partial stances by the African Union (AU) in favor of Algeria and its creation "the Polisario" strip it from any credibility or legitimacy to assume any role concerning the Moroccan Sahara issue (known as Western Sahara), said, on Tuesday in New York, Morocco's ambassador to the UN Omar Hilale. “The AU has a real obsession over the human rights issue in the Moroccan Sahara b ...

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