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Western Sahara: We Must Make Saharaouis Stakeholders

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - The latest UN resolution has vividly shown who are Morocco’s friends and enemies, as well as who is interested in keeping the conflict alive for eternity. Moroccan observers have been stunned by the Russians’ decision to vote for the UN resolution, assuming that the latest visit by the Moroccan king to Russia assured Russian backing on the North African kingdom’s sacred caus ...

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Morocco Praises France, Spain for Contribution to MINURSO Resolution

Rabat - Omar Hilale, Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations, thanked Spain, France and other allies on Friday for their contributions in helping the kingdom pass a resolution dictating the objectives for the U.N.-affiliated peacekeeping mission in the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, for the next year.  In contrast, Hilale expressed his regrets that the United States, the country tasked w ...

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Security Council Resolution: Severe Setback for UN Secretariat General

Rabat – The Moroccan government said on Friday the resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Organization of the a Referendum in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, is a “setback for the UN Secretariat.” Morocco takes note of the resolution adopted Friday by the UN Security Council on the Sahara issue, which constitutes a "severe setba ...

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MINURSO: Morocco Takes Note of Security Council Resolution

United Nations - Morocco takes note of Security Council Resolution 2285 extending the mandate of the MINURSO until 30 April 2017, Morocco's Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, said Friday at United Nations headquarters. "Morocco takes note the resolution, which reiterates the five fundamentals of negotiations to reach the settlement of this regional confli ...

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Western Sahara: UNSC Highlights Morocco’s Achievements in Human Rights

United Nations – The United Nations Security Council adopted on Friday its annual resolution on the renewal of the United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO.  In the resolution, which received the yes of 10 members, two against and three abstentions, the UN Security Council highlighted Morocco's achievements in human rights, notably through the National ...

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Venezuela, Angola Fail to Amend Draft Security Council Resolution on Western Sahara

New York - Venezuela and Angola have failed in introducing new amendments to the UN Security Council draft resolution on the Western Sahara, which was submitted by the United States to the members of the Council on Wednesday evening, a source from inside the Security Council told Morocco World News. The new version draft resolution, which is prepared every year by Washington, the penholder for resolutions o ...

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Western Sahara: El Salvador Hails Morocco’s Efforts to Reach Negotiated Solution

Rabat - El Salvador praised "the serious and credible efforts" made by Morocco since 2007 to reach a negotiated solution to the Western Sahara dispute, said a joint statement released on Thursday on the occasion of the visit that El Salvador’s foreign minister Hugo Martinez is paying to Morocco (April 27-29). During the 1st political consultations between the two countries, held in Rabat, Morocco’s minister ...

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Exclusive Insight on the UN Western Sahara Resolution

New York - The vote on the new draft resolution addressing the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in Western Sahara, known by its French acronym as MINURSO, will not take place Thursday April 28, as was initially scheduled. By practice, the resolution on the Western Sahara has been adopted by consensus. However, it appears that divisions among the 15 me ...

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Polisario Leader Warns of Outbreak of War Between Polisario and Morocco

Rabat - Bashir Mustafa Assayid, the deputy secretary-general of the Polisario Front, said the failure of the United Nations Security Council in organizing a referendum on independence for the Sahrawi people has led to the possibility of another outbreak of war between the separatist group he represents and Morocco.  Assayid made the comments on Tuesday at a press conference in Madrid. During the event he ad ...

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Czech Republic Supports Morocco’s Territorial Integrity

Rabat - The Czech Republic supports the territorial integrity of Morocco and respects the UNSC resolutions regarding this issue, said, on Monday in Rabat, vice-speaker of the Czech chamber of deputies Vojtech Filip. During his meeting with speaker of the house of representatives Rachid Talbi Alami, Filip said that his country will strive to find a solution for this matter while respecting international law ...

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Moroccan Official Meets with Representatives of UNSC Member States

New York (UN) - President of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region El Khattat Yanja held, on Mondayat the UN headquarters, several meetings with representatives of UN Security Council member states. The talks touched on the prerogatives of extensive regionalization, mainly self-management of populations' affairs, in prelude to autonomy under the Moroccan sovereignty, El Khattat told MAP. Extensive regionalization, ...

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MINURSO: Morocco Convenes Meeting With GCC Countries at the United Nations

United Nations - Morocco has called for a meeting with Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates) at level of Ambassadors on Monday morning, a source from inside the United Nations told Morocco World News. The meeting comes to discuss the latest developments concerning the draft resolution that will be submitted to the Security Council for consideration on Tuesd ...

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