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Tindouf-based Group Proposes Alternative Solution to Western Sahara

Rabat - A number of figures from the Algeria-based Polisario Front have announced that they are proposing an alternative solution to the Western Sahara issue. Members of a faction of Polisario in opposition of the Front's leadership gathered last week and agreed to form a body that would represent all elements of the Sahrawi people. The meeting took place in the home of Sheikh Saleh Weld Mohammed Sheikh of ...

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Spanish Public Opinion Less Supportive of Western Sahara Independence: Survey

Rabat- Spanish public opinion regarding the question of Western Sahara has undergone a significant change over the last 10 years. 72 percent of Spaniards supported the territory’s independence in 2005, but only 58 percent support it in 2015, according to a survey conducted by the Spanish Real Instituto Elcano, one of the most important think tanks in Spain. The percentage of Spaniards who support Morocco gr ...

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Spain Lauds Morocco’s ‘Serious, Credible Efforts’ to Reach a Solution to Western Sahara

Madrid - Spain lauds serious and credible efforts made by Morocco to reach a solution to the Western Sahara issue, said the joint statement issued after the 11th Morocco-Spain high level meeting held on Friday in Madrid. The two countries commended the adoption in April 2015 of UNSC resolution 2218 on the Sahara issue, said the statement, issued at the end of the meeting co-chaired by heads of governments o ...

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France Supports Autonomy Plan as ‘Serious, Credible Solution” to Western Sahara

Paris- France underscored on Thursday its support for Morocco’s autonomy plan as a serious and credible basis for a political, fair, lasting and mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara. In a final statement issued at the end of the 12th French-Moroccan high level meeting in Paris, France reiterated support for the efforts led by the UN to find a settlement to this conflict. Morocco and France str ...

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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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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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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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Official Highlights Values Governing Morocco’s Policy Over Western Sahara

Rabat - Communication Minister and Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi highlighted, on Thursday in Rabat, the immutable values governing Morocco's policy over the “Western Sahara.” During a press briefing following the weekly cabinet meeting, held under the chairmanship of head of government Abdelilah Benkirane, the minister highlighted the autonomy proposal which constitutes the framework that would ...

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UNSC Draft Resolution on Western Sahara Maintains Status Quo

New York- Less than a week before the adoption of a new resolution on the renewal of the mandate of the MINURSO for one more year, the United States circulated to the members of the Security Council the draft resolution that will be put up for vote next Tuesday. The draft resolution, which was obtained by Morocco World News, is almost 100 per cent identical to the resolution 2152, which was adopted by the U ...

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Western Sahara: Senegal Reaffirms “Firm” Support to Morocco’s Autonomy Plan

Rabat - Senegal reaffirmed on Thursday in Jakarta its "firm" support to Morocco's proposal to grant large sovereignty to its southern provinces (the so-called Western Sahara) while maintaining its sovereignty and the integrity of its territory. In a speech before participants at the Asia-Africa Summit, held in the Indonesian capital, the head of the Senegalese delegation stressed that his country continues ...

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