Is the UN Shifting Its Approach on Western Sahara?

New York- After an absence that lasted almost a year, Christopher Ross, the United Nations Secretary General’s Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, has finally made a trip to the region in an attempt to break the deadlock in the stalled negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario. Since the publication of the Secretary General’s most recent annual report on the situation in the Western Sahara last April ...

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Western Sahara: Morocco’s Historical Rights Are Irrefutable: Greek Academic Study

Athens-  All the efforts made by Morocco to achieve its national unity, hampered by the Spanish occupation, have been legal actions given the historical rights of the Kingdom in the region, says a recent Greek academic study on Western the Sahara conflict. The analysis of the conflict from the perspective of "historic rights" confirms, without any doubt, the legal right of Morocco on the territory, the stud ...

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Western Sahara: Is Christopher Ross Wasting Everyone’s Time?

By Majid Morcili San Francisco - Christopher Ross just finished his tour to the region and one thing is sure; he will no longer be allowed to flirt with plans outside the scope for his mission for two important reasons. 1- The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon gave the king of Morocco "firm assurances as to the neutrality, objectivity, and impartiality of UN officials" in the issue of what’s called the Weste ...

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Embezzlement Of Aids Sent To Tindouf Camps, ‘Big Scandal': German MEP

Brussels  -  The embezzlement of international humanitarian aid sent to Tindouf camps, in south-western Algeria, is a "big scandal", Chairwoman of the Committee on Budgetary Control at the European Parliament, Ingeborg Grassle, said Monday. "It is outrageous to charge people in Tindouf camps to get the humanitarian aid that the EU grants them for free", Grassle said during a meeting of the Committee on Budg ...

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EU’s Budgetary Control Committee Deplores Non-Recovery Of Aid Embezzled by Algeria, Polisario

Brussels - The European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Commission deplored that the EU’s anti-fraud office (OLAF) did not recommend the recovery of the embezzled aid sent to the population in the camps of Tindouf in south-western Algeria. In a draft report on the implementation of the general budget of the European Union for the 2013 financial year, the Budgetary Control Commission said it was "surprised by ...

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AU President Mugabe ‘Fishing’ for Boko Haram in the Western Sahara

Washington DC - The 24th Session of the Summit of the African Union (AU), which  concluded in Addis Ababa in late January, was supposed to deliberate on ways to tackle the Boko Haram threat. Instead, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, the new AU chief, devoted a good chunk of the meeting to address the Morocco-Algeria dispute over the Western  Sahara. As Mugabe was assailing Morocco’s “annexation” of the ...

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European Parliament Calls on EU to Adapt Aid to Real Needs Of Population In Tindouf

Brussels - The Committee on Budgetary Control of the European parliament called on the European Commission to adapt the aid it sends to Tindouf camps to the real needs of the population on grounds of the embezzlement by Algeria and the Polisario that was disclosed in a report by the European anti-fraud office (OLAF). In a draft report on the 2013 general EU budget, the Committee called for an immediate adap ...

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Spain Refuses Asylum to Polisario Supporter Involved in Gdeim Izik Events

Madrid - The Congress of Deputies expressed Tuesday its support for the interior ministry's decision to refuse asylum sought by Polisario Supporter Hassana Aalia who was sentenced in 2013 to life by the Moroccan justice system as part of Gdeim Izik events trial.The Interior committee at the Spanish parliament's lower house opposed, thanks to votes by the majority People's Party (PP), a non-legislative propo ...

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EU Welcomes Strengthening Of CNDH Branches In Western Sahara: EU Diplomacy Chief

Brussels - The European Union welcomed the strengthening of the branches of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) in the southern Moroccan cities of Laayoun and Dakhla (the so-called Western Sahara), High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherni, said on Tuesday. In a written response to a MEP's question, Mogherini said Morocco and the EU are implementing a b ...

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Algeria, Polisario Make of Humanitarian Aid a ‘Profitable Business’: Belgian Paper

Brussels - The embezzlement of humanitarian aid by Algeria and the Polisario, was denounced on Saturday in the front page of a leading Belgian paper, La Libre Belgique. The paper dedicated an article in the front page expressing denunciation of the embezzlement of humanitarian aid, which has been perpetrated for 40 years by Algerian officials in connivance with the Polisario to the detriment of the populati ...

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Western Sahara: Moroccan Officials Receive Christopher Ross in Closed Meeting

Rabat - Moroccan Officials meet on Thursday afternoon with the United Nations Secretary General’s Personal Envoy to Western Sahara, Christopher Ross. The meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was attended by Moroccan Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, and Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mbarka Bouaida. No statement was made neither ...

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Western Sahara: 400 Saharawis Try to Cross to Morocco from Mauritania

Rabat - Around 400 Sahrawi people who fled from the Algeria-based Tindouf camps are trying to cross into Morocco from neighboring Mauritania, said Omar Bouaida, a deputy from the National Rally of Independents Party in a letter sent to the Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, whose content has been reported by news website le360 on Thursday.  They are currently gathering in front of the Moroccan consulate ...

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