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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EU’s Resolution Demands that Algeria Allow Census of Tindouf Population

Rabat- The European Parliament has adopted on Wednesday, April 29th a resolution that calls for the need to conduct a registration of the population living in the Tindouf camps. According to news website le360, the European deputies called on Algeria to conduct a census in the Polisario-run camps in Tindouf as a condition to continue providing humanitarian and financial aid meant for the Sahrawi refugees. " ...

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Western Sahara: Jordan Hails Autonomy Plan, Morocco’s Efforts in Human Rights

United Nations - Jordan hailed, on Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York, the autonomy plan and the efforts of the Kingdom to promote the culture of human rights in Moroccan southern provinces (the so-called Western Sahara) and the development dynamics. The Jordanian ambassador to the UN, Dina Kawar, who was speaking before the Security Council following the adoption of Resolution 2218 extending by one ...

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Morocco Hails Extension of MINURSO Mandate

United Nations  -  Morocco on Tuesday "warmly welcomed" the UNSC Resolution 2218 extending for one year the MINURSO mandate, Morocco's Ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale said. In an opening statement after the vote, the ambassador also expressed "our gratitude to the group of friends" (USA, France, Russia, Spain and the UK) for "their efforts to preserve the integrity of the resolution," which has contribute ...

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UNSC: France Reiterates its Support to Morocco’s Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara

Rabat - France reiterated, on Tuesday before the UN Security Council, that the Moroccan autonomy plan is "a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution" to the Western Sahara issue, and praised Morocco's initiatives in the field of human rights and called for a population census in Tindouf camps. "France considers that the autonomy plan presented by Morocco to the Secretary General in April 2007 is ...

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Western Sahara: UNSC Reiterates Support for Political Solution

New York (UN) -  The UNSC reiterated on Tuesday its support for a mutually-acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict, and reaffirmed the pre-eminence of the Moroccan autonomy initiative, as well as its call on Algeria to conduct a headcount of Tindouf camps populations. In its resolution 2218 extending for one year until April 30, 2016 the MINURSO mandate, the UNSC reaffirmed again the pre-eminence ...

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