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UNSC Resolution on the Sahara Won’t Include Human Rights Monitoring Mechanism

New York- As was the case in recent years, the United States drafted the annual resolution that will extend the mandate of the United Mission in the Sahara, known as MINURSO, until April 2015. The draft resolution, which has been circulated to the 15 members of the Security Council, does not include any provision for the establishment of a human rights monitoring mechanism in the Sahara and the Tindouf camp ...

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King Mohammed VI and Ban Ki-moon’s Report on the Sahara

New York- The latest diplomatic bout over the issue of Sahara involving the United Nations Secretary-General and King Mohammed VI himself proves that when the country's leadership and government is proactive concerning the Sahara, things can move in accordance with Morocco's interests. One case in point is what happened last year when the United States circulated a draft Security Council resolution on the S ...

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France Won’t Use its Veto on the Sahara: Gérard Araud

New York- Gérard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a Tweet on Friday that his country would not use its veto power in the Security Council against any resolution on the Sahara. The French diplomat was apparently answering the Polisario and its supporters, who accused France of its willingness to use its veto to block any resolution that doesn’t take into account Morocco’s interests. ...

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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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