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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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UK applauds Morocco’s initiatives for human rights consolidation

London  -The British government applauded on Tuesday initiatives taken by Morocco to consolidate human rights, recalling that these measures were welcomed by the UN Security council. "The UN security Council has welcomed the positive steps taken by Morocco in this direction", said British minister of state at the foreign and commonwealth office Hugh Robertson. Speaking during the House of Commons' question ...

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Morocco Declares Victory at the UN?: Not So Fast

By Majid Morceli Rabat- Since the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) decision to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for a year without a human rights mandate, the Moroccan government and its allies have hailed the decision as a victory for Morocco and a loss for the enemies of the Kingdom’s territorial integrity.  But what actually happened ...

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UNSC resolution on Sahara, new victory for Morocco: Minister

Rabat  -Communication minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said that the UN Security Council resolution on the Moroccan Sahara, adopted last Tuesday, is a new victory for Morocco at all levels.  This resolution is a victory for Morocco as it foils all maneuvers by the enemies of the Kingdom's territorial integrity who are striving to make this conflict last, hamper the process of the Maghreb ...

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New UNHCR-led family visit exchange benefits 59 families

Laayoune - Fifty-nine Sahrawi families benefited, on Thursday, from a new family visit flights led by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Under this program, family members living in the Moroccan southern provinces visit their relatives in the Tindouf camps in south-western Algeria, and vice-versa. The new visit exchange benefited a total of 324 people from 59 families. Thus, 168 people from 32 f ...

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Sahara: Moroccan Foreign Minister Sends Letter to Ban Ki-moon

New York (UN)-Moroccan foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar underlined, in a letter Tuesday to UNSG Ban Ki-moon that Morocco has honored all its commitments and taken measures beyond those recommended by the UNSC, urging other parties to show a similar qualitative commitment. In the letter, also handed out to the 15 UNSC member states and to be issued as an official document by the executive body, Mezouar s ...

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The Sahara should be called Moroccan Western Sahara: former FM

Taroudant, Morocco- The former Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad Eddine Otmani proposed Friday in the southern Moroccan city of Dakhla that the Sahara be called the “Moroccan Western Sahara”. The former Minister wrote on his Facebook account that “many of the people in the region have shown special interest and some of them commended my proposal to call it: the Moroccan Western Sahara” At a meeting on the firs ...

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For first time US Appropriation Bill supports Moroccan Autonomy Plan in the Sahara

Washington D.C.- President Barack Obama signed on Friday night in Washington D.C. the 2014 Appropriation Bill. The new bill provides, for the first time funding to Morocco to finance development projects in the Sahara. Just as the U.S. Congress, who had previously and repeatedly expressed bipartisan support for this measure through letters, reports, and most recently through a voice vote in the month of Jul ...

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Facts about the Sahara conflict that you should know

New York- Today the Moroccan people are celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Green March, which took place on November 6, 1975 and saw the participation of 350,000 Moroccans from all walks of life, who marched into the Sahara to free the territory from Spanish rule. This peaceful march constituted a watershed event in Morocco’s recent history. Today’s anniversary coincides with the tension that the relat ...

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PAM decides to set up internal front to defend Morocco’s territorial integrity

Skhirat - The Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) on Saturday announced its decision to set up a front for the defense of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom and the Sahara issue, which will be responsible for mobilizing resources for the defense of the national cause and monitoring the latest developments. The Secretary General of the party, Mustapha Bakouri, who made the announcement at the 16th P ...

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Sahara: Morocco reiterates “total commitment” to political process under UN aegis

New York-  Morocco has reiterated its "total commitment to the political process, under the aegis of the United Nations organization, on the basis of clear parameters set by the UN Security council in its latest resolutions, to reach a political consensus-based solution" to the Sahara issue, said Morocco's minister of foreign affairs and cooperation before the UN general assembly. Speaking during the genera ...

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Morocco adopts Two-Track Approach to the Sahara issue: US think-tank

Rabat- Morocco has adopted a dual track approach to the Sahara issue, which ambitiously targets both economic development and conflict settlement, says the US think-tanks Carnegie Endowment for international peace. In an analysis by Jacques Rousselier, the think-tank considers that this is an "ambitious plan" meant to "bring the developmental level comparable to the national level" and implying a "careful a ...

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