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Sahara: Hilale hands a message from King Mohammed VI to Ban Ki-moon

New York- Omar Hilale, who was entrusted by King Mohammed VI with the position of ambassador, Morocco's permanent representative to the United Nations Organization, handed on Thursday to UN secretary General Ban Ki-Moon a message from the Sovereign, on the latest UNSG report on the Sahara. During the meeting, the Moroccan diplomat underlined Morocco's fundamentals regarding the Sahara issue and pointed out ...

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King Mohammed VI pays Historic Visit to the Sahara

Fez- King Mohammed VI of Morocco started on Wednesday a historic visit to the Saharan provinces. Today, the Moroccan monarch attended the Friday prayer at the Asslam mosque in the city of Dakhla, the region’s second largest city after Laayoune. The visit comes a week after the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released his annual report on the “Situation in the Western Sahara” and less than two w ...

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Sahara Conflict: Is the UN Deviating from Its Core Mandate?

New York- The UN Secretary General released his annual report on the “Situation in the Western Sahara” on Thursday. The much-anticipated report, which will constitute the main reference for Security Council members in drafting their annual resolution on the Sahara, was somehow balanced. Unlike last year’s report, Ban Ki-moon did not make a clear recommendation on the need to extend the mandate of the United ...

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Sahara: King Mohammed VI Holds Phone Call with UN Secretary General

Tetouan- King Mohammed VI held on Saturday a phone conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, says a release of the Royal office. The talks covered latest developments and the present timetable related to the Moroccan Sahara issue, says the release. On this occasion, the King reiterated Morocco's constant commitment and constructive cooperation to reach a final political settlement to this regional ...

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Moroccan autonomy plan ‘serious, credible, and realistic’, US Official tells Congress

Washington- The Sahara autonomy plan under the Moroccan sovereignty is "serious, credible and realistic," reaffirmed "clearly" US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, William Roebuck, at a hearing in the US Congress devoted to US policy vis-à- vis Morocco. "Concerning the Moroccan autonomy plan, we clearly stated that the plan is serious, credible and realistic and is a potential appro ...

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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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Dispelling misconceptions and misrepresentations about the Sahara

New York- As I was reading an article about the question of the Sahara entitled "The Tindouf Refugee Camps: A Moroccan’s Reflections", I was struck by the amount of factual mistakes and misrepresentations made by the editors of the article, as well as by the shallowness of the arguments its author makes in defending the Polisairo and slamming Morocco. In the first part of this article, which was published i ...

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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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Saharawi tribe calls on UN for alleged suppression of protests in Tindouf camps

El Jadida- “Rguibat Sawa’id”, a tribe in the city of Laayoune, has asked the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, to urgently take action to stop aggression against protestors by the Polisario and Algeria authorities in the Tindouf camps. The members of this tribe expressed their concern in a letter to Ban Ki Moon during a meeting held last Saturday in Laayoune.  They described their strong ...

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After Wave of Protests in Tindouf Camps, Polisario Declares State of Emergency

Taroudant- The Forum of Support for the Autonomists of Tindouf said that a wave of protests has broken out in most of the camps in Tindouf and that the Polisario has declared a state of emergency.   In a statement sent to MWN, the Forum said that on “Tindouf camps in Algerian territory are being impacted by protests and mass demonstrations led directly by the population.”Events which broke out throughout th ...

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Sahara: Exiled former Polisario leader sends letter to UNSG Personal Envoy

El Jadida, Morocco- A former commander of the Polisario Front, Mustapha Salma, has sent a personal letter to the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Christopher Ross, in an attempt to seek relief for his family. This is not the first time Mustapha Salma has tried to get in touch with Ross. He met him last October in Mauritania and asked him to personally intervene to find a solution to his situation ...

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Republic of Mauritius withdraws recognition of Polisario’s so-called SADR

Port Louis- A new blow for the Polisario and Algeria. The government of the Republic of Mauritius announced the withdrawal of its recognition of the so-called SADR as part of the revision of its stand over some international issues, according to MAP.  The Republic of Mauritius decided to withdraw its recognition of SADR, said a statement by the country's Prime minister office.  This decision is part of the ...

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