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Morocco vs. the United Nations & the United States

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Einstein once said that if he had one hour to save the world, he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. When the late King Hassan II agreed in 1991 to a cease-fire and to UN involvement in finding a solution to the so-called Western Sahara problem, he was under the impression that the UN would first try to define the p ...

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1 Million Signatures to Support Morocco’s Autonomy Plan

Taliouine, Morocco - The “Arrahman” Association for Community and Cultural Work and Sovereignty, in collaboration with the International Coordination for the Moroccan Sahara Autonomy Support (CISASM), led a campaign today in Taliouine, about 190 kilometers from Agadir, to collect one million signatures in support of the support of the Autonomy Plan. After a meeting between the region’s community activists o ...

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Ibtissam: The New Icon of Moroccan Patriotism

New York - The supporters of the Algerian government are not happy these days with the Lebanese people, especially with the Beirut-based TV channel CBS, and they have every reason not to be. While their government has been striving, for four decades now, to thwart every Moroccan effort to reaffirm Morocco’s sovereignty over the so-called Western Sahara, some Algerians received a slap in the face on the 39th ...

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‘Western Sahara’: King Mohammed VI’s Clear Message to the United Nations

New York - On the 39th anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI delivered a landmark speech that will be remembered for years to come. The speech both ended Morocco’s passivity and inertia in dealing with “Western Sahara” conflict and set the tone for Moroccan diplomacy in the coming years. Unlike his speeches in previous years, the Moroccan monarch was strong in his assessment of the current situat ...

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Algeria’s ‘known’ role in Sahara issue poses security risks in region: Peter Pham

Washington - Algeria's "known" role in the artificial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara through its unconditional support to the separatist movement of the Polisario perpetuates this conflict that poses security risks for the entire region, warned Peter Pham, director of the Africa Centre in the influential U.S. think tank Atlantic Council. Algeria’s support to the so-called SADR is a very clear fact to any ...

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Sahara is Moroccan, Will Remain So Until End of Time: King Mohammed VI

Rabat - King Mohammed VI of Morocco delivered a speech to the Moroccan people on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the Green March, which allowed Morocco to recover its sovereignty over the so-called Western Sahara. In a strongly-worded speech that will undoubtedly set the new tone of the Moroccan diplomacy in its defense of the Moroccaness of the ‘Western Sahara’, the King said that the question of t ...

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Western Sahara: Morocco’s Muffled Diplomatic Voice in Washington and New York

Washington DC - Every year, as time approaches the UN Security Council consultations on the Western Sahara conflict, Moroccan officials start a flurry of diplomatic activities to counter any “possible” negative outcomes. Unfortunately, seldom do these actions succeed in finding a lasting resolution to this simmering regional dispute. It may be time for Rabat to go back to the drawing board and review its in ...

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Tindouf Camps: Morocco Slams Human Rights Watch’s Report As ‘Deliberate Confusion’

Rabat-  Mahjoub El Haiba, Interministerial Delegate for Human Rights, slammed the "deliberate confusion" caused by Human Rights watch’s latest report on human rights in Tindouf. "It is important to note the deliberate confusion caused by the report which provides little credible data and biased and incomplete conclusions", Mr. El Haiba said in an exclusive interview with MAP. For El Haiba, the report feeds ...

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Spain Demands Release of Sahrawi Woman Held Captive In Tindouf

Madrid  -  The Spanish government demanded a swift solution to the situation of young Sahrawi woman Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, who is held captive in the camps of Tindouf since last summer.  A statement by the Spanish foreign affairs ministry, issued on Thursday, said that the government is following "with a lot of interest" this issue and demands a swift and positive solution to the situation of young Sahr ...

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Morocco’s Autonomy for Western Sahara “Serious, Realistic, Credible”: US Ambassador

Rabat  - US ambassador in Morocco, Dwight Bush, reiterated Washington's support to the Moroccan autonomy proposal in the ‘Western Sahara’, which it has repeatedly welcomed as "serious, realistic and credible". "We continue to consider as serious, realistic and credible the autonomy proposal made by Morocco to settle the dispute", the US diplomat said in an interview with Moroccan "Al Massae" daily. He insis ...

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HWR: Algeria Legally Responsible for Ensuring Respect for Human Rights in Tindouf Camps

Algiers  - While the Polisario governs the refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria ultimately has the responsibility to ensure the protection of the rights of all persons on its soil, Human Rights Watch said Saturday in Algiers. "Algeria should publicly acknowledge its legal responsibility for ensuring respect for the rights of everyone on its territory, including residents of the Polisario-run refugee camps", HW ...

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HRW urges Polisario to allow Mahjouba to exercise her right to freedom

Algiers  -  Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the Polisario to allow the young Sahrawi women Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, held in captivity in the Tindouf camps, to exercise her rights of freedom and movement. "Illegal confinement of a person is a serious criminal offense", HWR recalled during a press conference on human rights violations in the Tindouf camps. The front Polisario, which "governs the camps sh ...

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