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Western Sahara: Moroccan FM calls on Algeria to fully shoulder its responsibilities

Rabat - Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, called on Algeria to fully shoulder its responsibilities in searching for a solution to the Western Sahara issue, similarly to Algiers' involvement in this regional dispute.  "Algeria should fully shoulder its responsibilities in searching for a solution similarly to its military, political and diplomatic involvement in the o ...

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Sahara Issue: solution neither in New York nor Tindouf but in Algiers, Omar Hilale

New York (UN) - Any breakthrough in negotiations over the Moroccan Sahara issue requires a "sincere and good faith" commitment by all parties, especially by Algeria. This country, in particular, must show the necessary political will to break the deadlock over the process, said Moroccan ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale. Morocco has met its obligations in the search for a political, lasting and mutually-acc ...

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Morocco Rejects African Union Decision to Appoint a Special Envoy for Western Sahara

Rabat - Morocco rejected this Tuesday the African Union's decision to appoint what it called a special envoy for the Western Sahara issue, says a release of the ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation.  The release said Morocco "does not, in any way, feel concerned by this unilateral decision", and denied to the AU any "legal ground nor a political base or moral legitimacy to intervene, in any way, in t ...

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Despite Government Change, Panama reiterates support for Morocco on Western Sahara

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - The government of Panama reaffirmed on Thursday its support to Morocco on the Western Sahara issue and to the integrity of Moroccan territory, despite the expected government change in July. Panama's Deputy Foreign Minister, Mayra Arosemena, whose country had officially suspended last November recognition of the so-called Sahrawi Republic, considering that the entity does no ...

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Families of Polisario victims call UN to investigate shooting of two Sahrawis by Algerian servicemen

Geneva - The coordination of families of the Polisario Sahrawi victims called on Wednesday the UN special rapporteurs to ask Algeria to investigate last January's death of two Sahrawis who were shot by the Algerian army. In a letter addressed to four UN rapporteurs, the association says investigation should be conducted immediately to shed light on circumstances of this tragedy. Two Sahrawi youth were shot ...

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NAM expresses support for UN-led negotiations process on ‘Western Sahara’

Rabat - The Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) stressed, Thursday following its meeting in Algiers, support for the process of negotiations on the regional dispute over the "Western Sahara" under the aegis of the United Nations in order to achieve a "mutually acceptable political solution." NAM foreign ministers "welcomed the process of negotiations held under the auspices of the Secre ...

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Families of Victims of Gdim Izik Events Send Letter to Navy Pillay

Rabat - Families and friends of the victims of the events of Gdim Izik drew the attention of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on the double-standard approach adopted by international human rights institutions, including the UN specialized bodies, vis-à-vis this issues.  “We, the Coordination of the families and friends of the victims of the events of Gdim lzik, are writing to you to draw ...

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Ban Ki-moon Appoints New head of MINURSO

United Nations, New York - The United Nations Secretary-General, BAN Ki-moon, appointed Canadian Kim Bolduc as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). “The new Special Representative of the Secretary-General will succeed to Mr. Wolfgang Weisbrod of Germany, who will complet his assignment on 31 April 20114,” said the United Nations Se ...

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Algeria: Two AQIM combatants killed in Tindouf, arms seized on Libyan borders

Algiers - Two combatants affiliated to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) were killed in Tindouf (southwestern Algeria) in an operation conducted by the Algerian army which also seized weapons on the Libyan borders, reports Algeria daily "L'expression." Five other terrorists, including Mauritanian nationals, were arrested as Algerian soldiers chased for eight hours a convoy of 4X4 vehicles carrying more ...

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When Hassan Aourid Went to Washington

Washington, DC – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) decision to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for a year without UN monitors is a victory for Morocco, albeit temporary one. In a redo of last year’s scenario, the Moroccan diplomacy had to scramble in the eleventh hour to remove a language unfavorable to Rabat.  It took a call from King ...

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New Book Gives Multiple Scholarly Perspectives on Western Sahara

Washington D.C - As the conflict in Western Sahara continues and dominates political relations in North Africa, two editors have recently published a book, Perspectives on Western Sahara: Myths, Nationalisms, and Geopolitics to provide a broad-analysis of the problem from many different perspectives. "The other literature out there is biased,” said Anouar Boukhars, one of the editors of the book. “There is ...

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Spain satisfied with extension of MINURSO mandate

Madrid - The Spanish government expressed, on Wednesday, its satisfaction following the unanimous adoption by the UNSC member states of a resolution extending for one year the MINURSO mandate. Madrid reaffirms its support for a just, lasting and mutually-acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue under the UN aegis, said the Spanish foreign affairs ministry in a statement. On this occasion, the Spani ...

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