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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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Despite Government Change, Panama reiterates support for Morocco on Western Sahara

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - The government of Panama reaffirmed on Thursday its support to Morocco on the Western Sahara issue and to the integrity of Moroccan territory, despite the expected government change in July. Panama's Deputy Foreign Minister, Mayra Arosemena, whose country had officially suspended last November recognition of the so-called Sahrawi Republic, considering that the entity does no ...

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Families of Polisario victims call UN to investigate shooting of two Sahrawis by Algerian servicemen

Geneva - The coordination of families of the Polisario Sahrawi victims called on Wednesday the UN special rapporteurs to ask Algeria to investigate last January's death of two Sahrawis who were shot by the Algerian army. In a letter addressed to four UN rapporteurs, the association says investigation should be conducted immediately to shed light on circumstances of this tragedy. Two Sahrawi youth were shot ...

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NAM expresses support for UN-led negotiations process on ‘Western Sahara’

Rabat - The Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) stressed, Thursday following its meeting in Algiers, support for the process of negotiations on the regional dispute over the "Western Sahara" under the aegis of the United Nations in order to achieve a "mutually acceptable political solution." NAM foreign ministers "welcomed the process of negotiations held under the auspices of the Secre ...

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Families of Victims of Gdim Izik Events Send Letter to Navy Pillay

Rabat - Families and friends of the victims of the events of Gdim Izik drew the attention of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on the double-standard approach adopted by international human rights institutions, including the UN specialized bodies, vis-à-vis this issues.  “We, the Coordination of the families and friends of the victims of the events of Gdim lzik, are writing to you to draw ...

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Sahrawi family from Tindouf camps moves to Morocco

Laayoune - A Sahrawi family from the Tindouf camps, composed of six members, currently in Morocco as part of the exchange of family visits between the camps and the Moroccan southern provinces, decided to stay in the motherland and leave for good the said camps, fleeing the suffering endured by Moroccans held captive by the polisario militia on the Algerian territory. The family, made up of the father, moth ...

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Morocco participates in workshop on fight against transnational threats in Sahel in Dakar

Dakar - A workshop on "the fight against transnational threats in the Sahel" kicked off Monday in Dakar with the participation of a number of experts and specialists from several international and regional organizations as well as several countries including Morocco. Initiated by the African Centre for Strategic Studies (ACSS), the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, the Senegalese government, this five-day seminar will ...

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Colombian Senate Denies Adoption of Resolution on ‘Western Sahara’

Bogota- The Colombian Senate has officially denied having passed a resolution or even a proposal on the 'Western Sahara', said official sources. According to a statement signed by Secretary General of the Senate, Gregorio El Jach Pacheco, an "remark" was filed to the office of the Senate by a group of pro-separatist leftist senators, noting that the document "does not meet the requirements to be considered ...

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Washington: Moroccan official warns against Polisario members’ involvement with AQIM & MUJAO

Washington- Terrorist groups preying in the Sahel-Sahara region are, henceforth, allying with separatism advocates and at least 100 members of the Polisario are actively committed with the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Movement for oneness and jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). The warning came from Morocco's general delegate for the penitentiary administration and reintegration, Mohamed Salah Tamek, w ...

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Ban Ki-moon Appoints New head of MINURSO

United Nations, New York - The United Nations Secretary-General, BAN Ki-moon, appointed Canadian Kim Bolduc as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). “The new Special Representative of the Secretary-General will succeed to Mr. Wolfgang Weisbrod of Germany, who will complet his assignment on 31 April 20114,” said the United Nations Se ...

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Javier Bardem on Western Sahara and Catalan Independence: Duplicity or Ignorance?

Washington DC — While Javier Bardem continues his campaign promoting an independent Sahrawi Republic, he hasn’t showed any support for Catalonians’ right to self-determination. Bardem’s clashing attitudes show arbitrary and uninformed positions on two decisive political crises. The Spanish actor vigorous support for “Western Sahara “independence from Morocco and his “nonexistent” positions on Catalan rights ...

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