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Morocco-Algeria: The New Strategy, is it Good Enough?

Majid Morcelli San Francisco- Morocco is not helping its sacred cause by asking Algeria to be part of the solution. Just as Morocco will never accept losing one inch of its Sahara, Algeria too will never allow itself to lose the fight against Morocco. The Moroccan Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs Mbarka Bouaida said that “Algeria is a direct party to the conflict over the Moroccan Sahara and should inv ...

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Morocco Slams Algeria’s Attitude on Human Rights in Western Sahara

Geneva- Morocco condemned, here Thursday, Algeria's position on human rights in the Western Sahara, criticizing its "hostile and irresponsible attitude". "We reject Algeria's false allegations concerning alleged violations of human rights in the Sahara," chargé d'affaires of Morocco in Geneva Hassan Boukili said before the UN Human Rights Council in a reaction to the statement of the Algerian ambassador, in ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Morocco Declares Victory at the UN?: Not So Fast

By Majid Morceli Rabat- Since the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) decision to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for a year without a human rights mandate, the Moroccan government and its allies have hailed the decision as a victory for Morocco and a loss for the enemies of the Kingdom’s territorial integrity.  But what actually happened ...

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Senegal supports Morocco’s autonomy plan for Sahara, Senegalese FM

Dakar - Senegal strongly supports the autonomy plan for the Sahara presented by Morocco within its sovereignty and territorial integrity, reaffirmed Senegalese foreign minister, Mankeur Ndiaye. Quoted by Senegalese daily "Le Soleil et Le Populaire," the head of the Senegalese diplomacy said Dakar and Rabat are working together to preserve the integrity and the defense of the first national cause of Morocco. ...

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