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Western Sahara: How Morocco Secured a Resolution Fitting Its Agenda

New York - The Security Council adopted on Friday its annual resolution by which it extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission of the Organization of a Referendum in the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, until April 2017. Although the text of the resolution this year was largely similar to that of previous resolutions, this year’s resolution was devoid of the monotonous pattern of repetitions that h ...

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Senegal Welcomes Renewal of MINURSO Mandate, Lauds Moroccan Autonomy Plan

Dakar - Senegal has welcomed the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council which renews the mandate of the MINURSO, adding that Morocco’s autonomy plan is a “serious and realistic” initiative towards the settlement of this artificial conflict. Senegal's ambassador to the UN Fode Seck said, in a statement, the UN resolution “maintains hope for the continuation of the political process, which is the only ...

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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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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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Bennis Explains How the UN Failed in Western Sahara

By Wassima Boujrad Ifrane - As part of the ongoing discussions about the issue of the Western Sahara, the Moroccan Politics Club at Al Akhawayn University Ifran (AUI) organized a talk entitled “How Ban Ki-moon Failed to Help the Parties Achieve a Political Solution” by Samir Bennis, PhD. Following the controversy over statements made by UN Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon earlier in March during his tri ...

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Morocco Takes Note of UNSG Report on Sahara: Ambassador

United Nations - Morocco has taken note of the report of the UN Secretary General to the Security Council on the Sahara, the kingdom's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, said. The kingdom has a lot of remarks on its content and reserves the right to return to this report, the Moroccan ambassador added. Priority is given currently to the resolution that the UN Security Council is ex ...

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King Mohammed VI’s Speech Represents Views of All Moroccans: Benkirane

Rabat - Abdelilah Benkirane released a statement on Thursday saying King Mohammed VI’s speech during the opening ceremony of the Gulf Cooperation Council summit on Tuesday represented the point of view of not just himself, but the Moroccan government and its subjects as well. The statement obtained by Morocco World News detailed the head of government’s stance. “His majesty the King, as he spoke, was speaki ...

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Any Other Proposal than Morocco’s Autonomy Solution Would Be Dangerous: MEPs

Brussels - Any other proposal than the autonomy solution for the Sahara proposed by Morocco would be "irresponsible, even dangerous'', several MEPs said on Thursday in Brussels, on the occasion of a European Parliament debate on the Sahara issue. "The autonomy solution for the Sahara proposed by Morocco in 2007 is the only credible and viable option for our security, both in Morocco and in Europe", they und ...

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Western Sahara: Morocco Gains More Support from US Congress

Taroudant - Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairwoman of the Subcommittee of Foreign Affairs for the MENA region to the US House of Representatives, said yesterday in Washington that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recent controversial statement calls into question the UN’s neutrality and its ability to facilitate a negotiated solution to the Western Sahara conflict. "The SG of the UN has not only called into ques ...

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GCC Countries Voice Support for Moroccan Sovereignty Over Western Sahara

Rabat - The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) voiced its support for Morocco's claim over Western Sahara during a joint summit in Riyadh, during which King Mohammed VI spoke of a "proxy war" being fought with Morocco through the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “What we are witnessing, in fact, is a proxy war, in which the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) is being used to ...

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