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No Mention of Human Rights ‘Mechanism’ in Ki-moon’s Final Report on the Sahara

New York- The phone call held between King Mohammed VI of Morocco and the ban ki-moon has been instrumental in pushing the UN chief to review his report and take Morocco’s concerns into account. While the advance copy of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for the establishment of a human rights monitoring mechanism in the Sahara and the Tindouf camps, the final report, which ...

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Sahara: Hilale hands a message from King Mohammed VI to Ban Ki-moon

New York- Omar Hilale, who was entrusted by King Mohammed VI with the position of ambassador, Morocco's permanent representative to the United Nations Organization, handed on Thursday to UN secretary General Ban Ki-Moon a message from the Sovereign, on the latest UNSG report on the Sahara. During the meeting, the Moroccan diplomat underlined Morocco's fundamentals regarding the Sahara issue and pointed out ...

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Polisario, major source of destabilization in region, research center

Dakar - The separatist Polisario adventure is one of the main sources of instability in the Maghreb and Sahel, warned Thursday in Dakar, Professor Charles Saint-Prot, Director of the Geopolitical Studies Observatory (OEG ) in Paris. "It is high time to put an end to the dispute over the Moroccan Sahara," said Saint -Prot, who was speaking during Matinales Geopolitique, organized by the Dakar office of the D ...

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Sahara issue: UNCHR-led family visit exchange program resumed

Laayoune - The family visit exchange program between the camps of Tindouf, and the southern provinces of the Kingdom, led by the High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), was resumed on Wednesday. According to a statement from the office of the Moroccan Coordination office with MINURSO, the flight which took place on ??Wednesday from and to the cities of Dakhla and Aousserd benefited 191 persons from 42 familie ...

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Algeria and the Polisario are attempting to torpedo Morocco’s autonomy plan

Rabat - The Polisario separatists and their Algerian sponsors are endeavoring by all means to torpedo the autonomy plan in the southern provinces, presented by Morocco in order to reach a political, final and mutually-accepted solution to the artificial Sahara conflict, said president of the Royal Consultative Council for Sahara affairs (CORCAS), Khalihenna Ould Errachid. Ould Errachid, who was guest to MAP ...

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King Mohammed VI ‘s Message to UN Chief : Firm Warning Against Deviation Of Process in Sahara : French Expert

Paris  -  The message conveyed by King Mohammed VI to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is "a firm and clear warning against any deviation of the process in the Sahara", said head of the French observatory of geopolitical studies, Charles Saint-Prot. The French expert who was reacting to a phone call between the King and the UN chief, noted that the Sovereign "recalled that the UNO should not yield to manipu ...

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Sahara: King Mohammed VI Holds Phone Call with UN Secretary General

Tetouan- King Mohammed VI held on Saturday a phone conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, says a release of the Royal office. The talks covered latest developments and the present timetable related to the Moroccan Sahara issue, says the release. On this occasion, the King reiterated Morocco's constant commitment and constructive cooperation to reach a final political settlement to this regional ...

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Vote on MINURSO mandate: UNSC called to uphold ‘political solution’ to Sahara issue: Official

Rabat - Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida, urged Thursday in Rabat, the UN Security Council to uphold the "political solution" to the Sahara issue at the next vote on the extension of the mandate of MINURSO. "We ask the Security Council to focus on the political solution" of the dispute rather than "secondary issues," said Bouaida, who was the guest of MAP Forum on "The i ...

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Sahara Autonomy Plan, “Most Important Gain” of Human Rights: Official

Rabat - The Moroccan autonomy initiative, proposed as a settlement to the Sahara issue, is the "most important gain" in human rights matters, said on Thursday Moroccan Delegate-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mbarka Bouaida. "On the basis of this initiative, local populations will be free to make choices and manage their own affairs within representative institutions and in the total respect of ...

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US Congress: Eminent Members Reiterate US Support To Morocco’s Autonomy Plan For Sahara

Washington - Eminent members of the US congress reaffirmed on Wednesday Washington's support to the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara and to the reforms process conducted by Morocco which they called "a model country and a strategic ally." "Since becoming the first nation to formally recognize the newly independent United States, Morocco and the US have shared a strategic and bilateral relationship," sa ...

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New Video Denounces Recruitment of Young Sahrawis to Polisario Militia

Casablanca- In a recent video posted on YouTube, a young Sahrawi denounced the recruitment of Sahrawi youth to the Polisario’s armed militia.   The video came as a response to another video posted a few weeks ago, in which a Sahrawi called on the Sahrawi population to stand up against the Polisario leadership by defending their rights through a project entitled “A Minute of Truth”. The young Sahrawi in the ...

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Moroccan autonomy plan ‘serious, credible, and realistic’, US Official tells Congress

Washington- The Sahara autonomy plan under the Moroccan sovereignty is "serious, credible and realistic," reaffirmed "clearly" US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, William Roebuck, at a hearing in the US Congress devoted to US policy vis-à- vis Morocco. "Concerning the Moroccan autonomy plan, we clearly stated that the plan is serious, credible and realistic and is a potential appro ...

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