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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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Western Sahara: Christopher Ross in Rabat Wednesday

Rabat - The United Nations Secretary General's Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, is due to start a visit to the region starting on Wednesday. After Rabat, the envoy is set to visit Tindouf, Algiers and the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. However, Christopher Ross will not visit Laayoune, the main city of the territory. After his North African visit, Christopher Ross will also travel to ...

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UN Provides Guarantees for Management of Western Sahara Dispute: FM

Rabat- Morocco has obtained guarantees regarding the management of the Western Sahara dispute following the phone conversation between King Mohammed VI and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in January, Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said Thursday in Rabat. "These guarantees are related to the UN commitment to address the Moroccan Sahara issue with neutrality, objectivity and integrity," Mezoua ...

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Autonomy ‘Only Honorable Solution’ to Settle Western Sahara Issue: Erik Jansen

Brussels - Autonomy is the "only honorable way" to settle the Western Sahara conflict, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to the Sahara, Erik Jansen, said Wednesday in Brussels. "I have always been convinced that the only honorable way to settle the Sahara issue is autonomy", Jansen said at the European Parliament during a debate following the screening of the documentary "Polisario: ...

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King Mohammed VI Receives Phone Call From UN Secretary General

Rabat - King Mohammed VI received, on Thursday, a phone call from UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said a statement by the Royal Office. During the phone conversation, Ban Ki Moon thanked the King for Morocco's active role and constructive commitment in support of the UN agenda whether concerning peacekeeping, human development promotion or the fight against extremism and radicalization, said the statement ...

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Samir Bennis’ Lecture About ‘Western Sahara’ in New Jersey

New York - In a lecture on Saturday December 6 in New Jersey, MWN co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Samir Bennis shed light on the questions of the so-called Western Sahara. At the outset of his lecture, Mr. Bennis stated that the three elements that support Morocco’s legitimate claims over the Sahara. In this regard, he said that Morocco’s position is based on three factors: 1-  The historical ties of sovere ...

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Autonomy in ‘Western Sahara’ under Moroccan Sovereignty, Revolutionary Solution

Panama City  - Secretary executive of the Forum of Presiding Officers of Legislative Assemblies of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) Santiago Rivas Leclair described the autonomy proposal in the ‘Western Sahara’, under the Moroccan sovereignty, as a revolutionary and very advanced solution for the final settlement of this issue. Rivas Leclair said in a statement to MAP, on the sidelines of hi ...

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