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Minister Says Western Sahara is Moroccan ‘Legally, Historically, Culturally’

Rabat - Morocco is positively interacting and is supportive of UN initiatives for a settlement of the artificial dispute over the Western Sahara, said communication minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi, underlining that for Morocco, the Western Sahara's Moroccanness is crystal clear legally, historically and culturally. “Morocco submitted a project for a political settlement of this conflict ...

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Morocco slams Algeria’s ‘sterile’ rhetoric on Western Sahara

Geneva- Morocco denounced Monday in Geneva, Algeria's "sterile" rhetoric on human rights in the Western Sahara and called Algiers to be concerned about human rights violations committed on its own territory. "I call on the Algerian Ambassador to avoid sterile and embarrassing discussions for the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, the President of the Human Rights Council and all delegations," Morocco's ...

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Polisario Police Officer Denounces ‘Humanitarian Abuses’ in Tindouf Camps

Rabat - A new leaked video shows a police officer from the Polisario Front military group describing the suffering of the Sahrawi people living in the Tindouf camps in Algeria. He calls upon international human rights organizations to take action against "human rights abuses in the camps." The video was released by Laayoune TV on YouTube on Saturday. It shows a police officer, who has been working for the P ...

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Polisario Front Attempts to Incite Chaos in Morocco

Rabat - The Polisario Front is hoping to drag Morocco into an atmosphere of chaos and crisis through urging separatist students to escalate their struggles against the Moroccan government as well as increase their mobilization across universities in the country. Along with the Human Rights card it uses against Morocco in the Western Sahara conflicts, the Polisario Front strives to use separatist students to ...

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Polisario Front Worries About Morocco’s Army Alert

Rabat- Morocco’s military deployment raises the Polisario Front’s fears of possible “Moroccan aggression” on Western Sahara. Following the unprecedented deployment of Moroccan Army units in vital and strategic locations across the country, including Western Sahara, Polisario officials have sent an open letter to the United Nations, expressing theirfears ofa possible Moroccan attack. Polisario’s leaders see ...

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Western Sahara: Morocco Reiterates ‘Firm Commitment’ to Political Process, Urges ‘Neutrality’ of UN Secretariat

New York, United Nations - Morocco's ambassador to the United Nations Omar Hilale reiterated Tuesday in New York the Kingdom's "firm commitment" to the political process which "inevitably requires neutrality of the UN Secretariat," warning that any attempt to alter the mandate of the MINURSO "could even jeopardize its very existence". "I would like to reiterate our firm commitment to the political process w ...

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Morocco’s autonomy plan receives constant European recognition, support

Brussels - The choice of compromise adopted by Morocco to address the regional dispute over the western Sahara continues to gain wider acceptance among the international community, particularly in Europe, which considers Morocco's autonomy plan a reasonable serious and credible solution to the conflict. EU institutions, organizations and MPs constantly manifest their appreciation for the Moroccan autonomy p ...

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Security in Sahel: Bouaida urges common regional approach to fight terrorism

Washington  -  Minister-delegate for foreign affairs and cooperation Mbarka Bouaida called on Tuesday in Washington for a common regional approach to address security challenges in the Sahel and Maghreb region. Bouaida, who was speaking during a meeting organized by the US State Department on security threats in the Sahel and Maghreb, stressed that "only a collective, inclusive and solidarity-based strategy ...

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Western Sahara: Christopher Ross to Visit the Region in September

Rabat- The United Nations Secretary General’s Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross,  is due to visit the region next September in order to revive talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front. This visit of the American diplomat is believed to take place before the holding of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly next September. Since January 2009, Morocco and the Polisario held 10 i ...

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Western Sahara: Moroccan FM calls on Algeria to fully shoulder its responsibilities

Rabat - Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, called on Algeria to fully shoulder its responsibilities in searching for a solution to the Western Sahara issue, similarly to Algiers' involvement in this regional dispute.  "Algeria should fully shoulder its responsibilities in searching for a solution similarly to its military, political and diplomatic involvement in the o ...

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Sahara Issue: solution neither in New York nor Tindouf but in Algiers, Omar Hilale

New York (UN) - Any breakthrough in negotiations over the Moroccan Sahara issue requires a "sincere and good faith" commitment by all parties, especially by Algeria. This country, in particular, must show the necessary political will to break the deadlock over the process, said Moroccan ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale. Morocco has met its obligations in the search for a political, lasting and mutually-acc ...

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Morocco Rejects African Union Decision to Appoint a Special Envoy for Western Sahara

Rabat - Morocco rejected this Tuesday the African Union's decision to appoint what it called a special envoy for the Western Sahara issue, says a release of the ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation.  The release said Morocco "does not, in any way, feel concerned by this unilateral decision", and denied to the AU any "legal ground nor a political base or moral legitimacy to intervene, in any way, in t ...

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