Autonomy plan

Dissident Group Raises Moroccan Flag Inside Tindouf Camps

Rabat - Kifaya, a dissident group inside the Tindouf camps, has released a video in which it shows support for the territorial integrity of Morocco. In the video posted in YouTube, the Moroccan flag is seen floating deep inside the Polisario-controlled camps. Pictures of King Mohammed VI can also be seen in the video, in addition to signs reading "Yes to autonomy" in French. ...

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Ross Meets With Leaders of Polisario in Tindouf

Rabat- The Personal Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, held Tuesday a meeting with the Polisario Front in the Tindouf camps just three weeks before the presentation of his report to the United Nations' Security Council. The American diplomat is in the Tindouf camps for a three-day visit. He is expected to meet with members of the Polisario Front's ...

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Former French Premier Calls for Political Dialogue on ‘Western Sahara’

Dakhla - Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, said Saturday in the Moroccan city of Dakhla in the so-called Western Sahara, there is an "urgent need" for political dialogue "after 40 years of a painful conflict over the Sahara issue." "We cannot forget here in Dakhla the urgent need for political dialogue after 40 years of painful conflict around the Sahara issue," said Mr. De Villepin, who w ...

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Crans Montana Forum: International Recognition of Morocco’s Sovereignty over ‘Western Sahara‘

Dakhla, Morocco - The Crans Montana Forum held on 13-14 March in the southern city of Dakhla, in the co-called Western Sahara, marks "a diplomatic victory" for Morocco and an "international recognition" of the kingdom's territorial sovereignty over its southern provinces, wrote London’s newspaper "Al Arab” on Friday. In a report on the opening of the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla, Morocco, featuring partici ...

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Jesse Jackson in Southern Morocco

Dakhla, Morocco - Widely circulating in Morocco via YouTube at the moment is the following video of American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, president and founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition, taken earlier today in Dakhla, the capital of Morocco's southernmost province. He is dancing to a local love song -- the entrancing rhythm unique to the people of the Saharan desert; its lyrics in the distinctivel ...

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Western Sahara: France Reiterates Support For Morocco’s Autonomy Plan

Rabat  -  France reiterated its support for the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco as a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution to the Western Sahara issue, said a joint French-Moroccan statement issued on the occasion of the working visit paid to Morocco by France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius. "France reiterated its support for efforts made under the UN aegis to reach a political settlemen ...

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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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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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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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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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