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Lines of people from near and far signed in, were handed a voting card, and cast their ballot for a free, independent and united Western Sahara. The action was symbolic and simple, but deeply emotional for all those involved. The referendum results were clear, the international legal and humanitarian ...
The bilateral talks on the future of Western Sahara that took place last week between the UN Secretary's personal envoy for the Sahara, Horst Koehler, and a Moroccan delegation led by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita who described the discussions as having been conducted “in an atmosphere ...

Rabat – Qatar reaffirmed its support of Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara during the 7th session of the High Joint Bilateral Cooperation Commission on Monday. The 7th session of Morocco-Qatar High-Level meeting, co-chaired by Morocco's Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani and Qatar's ...
Bir Lahlou (Liberated Territories), March 12, 2018 (SPS) - President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, has stressed the failure of the Kingdom of Morocco in their attempt to compromise Western Sahara's membership of the African Union (AU). Speaking at the closing ...
Rabat – When a Moroccan delegation met with the UNSG Personal Envoy for the Western Sahara Horst Kohler in Lisbon on Tuesday, it was not “talks process,” but rather a first meeting to discuss the evolution of the issue, said Minister Delegate for Relations with Parliament and Civil Society, Mustapha El ...
Rabat – The Republic of Azerbaijan expressed on Monday its support for the territorial integrity of Morocco and the autonomy plan proposed by the Kingdom to find a fair solution to the issue of the Western Sahara. At the meeting of the first session of the joint commission of cooperation between Morocco ...

In addition to this case and many like it, other serious violations of international humanitarian law include population transfers into the occupied territory, the plundering of the natural resources of Western Sahara, and the dispersion of Sahrawi prisoners in detention centres hundreds of kilometres from their ...
Algiers, March 3, 2018 (SPS) -The prospects for the resumption of talks on the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict have brightened since the appointment of German Horst Kohler as Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, who is holding a series of meetings with the parties to the conflict ...
Washington (United States), March 3, 2018 (SPS) - US Western Sahara Foundation welcomed Friday the European Court of Justice's ruling on the European Union's fishing agreement with Morocco, stating that it does not apply to Western Sahara and reaffirming Saharawi people's inalienable right to ...
Geneva, March 02, 2018 (SPS) – Algeria has renewed on Wednesday in Geneva during the 37th session of Human Rights Council, call for integrating a Human Rights section in the UN Mission for referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). It has also called for sending regular missions of the UN High ...
This so-called Fisheries Partnership Agreement has been in place since 2006 and will expire in July 2018, while a process of renewal is underway. The ruling from the ECJ clearly states that any such agreement with Morocco could not include the waters off Western Sahara, over which Morocco claims ...
According to Wathelet, the deal should be broken off because it applies to the shores of Western Sahara, an "illegally occupied" area. An eventual court adoption of Wathelet's view would have far-reaching implications not only for future EU-Morocco relations but for the entire external policy of the EU.
The dispute between the Kingdom of Morocco (“Morocco”) and the Polisario Front, over Western Sahara, is one of such dispute where Ghana must, once again, show leadership by remaining neutral but actively so. Ghana cannot be seen to be taking sides in the dispute and most importantly, against a very ...
These assessments, which are already subjective, do not extend to the occupied territories of Western Sahara. In a militarized environment with aggressive controls on media and citizen reporting, few stories of Western Sahara reach audiences beyond the immediate region. Local journalists and media ...
While Rabat still insists on its right to the Western Sahara region, in recent years it has proposed a self-rule system under Moroccan sovereignty. Ghazzal's remarks come after Polisario FM Mohammad Salem Ould Salek -- at a Monday press conference convened in Algeria -- said the Front was ready to ...
The European Commission is seeking a trade deal with Morocco but some MEPs say a draft appears to ignore a European Court of Justice ruling on the disputed territory of Western Sahara. However, a commission spokesperson on Monday (5 February) said they are sticking to the judgement and that any ...
Rabat – With the presentation of the UN's annual report on Western Sahara around the corner, Morocco, emboldened by the increasing public support for its Sahara position, is choosing to adopt the “offensive”, therefore deterring any hostilities towards its position. “Morocco is no longer trifling with the ...

All these experiences are on vivid display in “Oulaya's Wedding,” Libyan-American ethnomusicologist Hisham Mayet's intimate and completely engaging documentary about a lavish five-day wedding festival in Dakhla, a coastal town in Western Sahara. Mayet will be at the Speed Art Museum on ...
LUXEMBOURG - An EU fisheries deal with Morocco remains valid as long as it does not involve the disputed region of Western Sahara, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday, avoiding a clash between Brussels and Rabat. The European Court of Justice said the fisheries agreement concluded between the EU ...
All these experiences are on vivid display in “Oulaya's Wedding,” Libyan-American ethnomusicologist Hisham Mayet's intimate and completely engaging documentary about a lavish five-day wedding festival in Dakhla, a coastal town in Western Sahara. Mayet will be at the Speed Art Museum on ...
Madrid, Feb 24, 2018 (SPS) - The participants in the 18th Western Sahara Marathon on 26 February will run 42 kilometres, which recall the 42 years of exile of the Sahrawi people, said the organizers. This year's edition, which would coincide with the celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the proclamation ...
The dispute between the Kingdom of Morocco (“Morocco”) and the Polisario Front, over Western Sahara, is one of such dispute where Ghana must, once again, show leadership by remaining neutral but actively so. Ghana cannot be seen to be taking sides in the dispute and most importantly, against a very ...
Brussels — The participants in the conference "trade unionists and solidarity with Western Sahara" organized Monday and Tuesday at the European Parliament in Brussels expressed their "deep concern" over the continuing plundering of Western Sahara's natural resources, calling on EU and its ...
Rabat – Speaking at a press conference in Moscow on Monday, Algeria's Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said that the Western Sahara conflict would be resolved only through an internal dialogue involving “the children of the same country.” When asked by an APS journalist about the world's crisis ...
During 2017, Adala UK recorded that the number of cases of people who had been denied entry to or been arbitrarily expelled from Western Sahara by Morocco had reached 76. These people included international observers, human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, those from the solidarity movement ...
These assessments, which are already subjective, do not extend to the occupied territories of Western Sahara. In a militarized environment with aggressive controls on media and citizen reporting, few stories of Western Sahara reach audiences beyond the immediate region. Local journalists and media ...
Confidential Document Exposes Polisario's Illegal Actions in Western Sahara. By. Safaa Kasraoui. -. February 11, 2018. Confidential Document ... The associations are also inciting Sahraoui people to denounce the “exploitation of natural resources” in Western Sahara. The document reported by Le360 added that 17 ...
Rabat – Germany's industrial manufacturing giant, Siemens, responded harshly to Polisario Front pressure to refrain from investing in Western Sahara at its annual Olympic stadium meeting in Munich on January 31. When Polisario member Khadija Bedati asked Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser to reconsider the ...
Chahid El-Hafed (Sahrawi refugee camps) Feb 06, 2018 (SPS)- -The Sahrawi government hailed the decision of the African Union (AU) Summit calling the two parties to the conflict in Western Sahara (Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO) to engage in direct talks. The government reiterated its willingness ...
Habibulah Mohamed Lamin is a journalist formerly based in the Western Sahara refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria. He has worked as a translator and is director of Equipe Media Branch, a group of media activists covering Western Sahara. His work focuses on the politics and culture of the Maghreb.
21 2016, which stated that Western Sahara is a “separate and distinct” territory from Morocco, and hence that the representatives of the people of the territory ought to consent to any EU trade or association agreement affecting their territory. The prerequisite of consent of the representatives of the people of ...
The European Commission is seeking a trade deal with Morocco but some MEPs say a draft appears to ignore a European Court of Justice ruling on the disputed territory of Western Sahara. However, a commission spokesperson on Monday (5 February) said they are sticking to the judgement and that any ...
Brussels (Belgium), Feb 3, 2017 (SPS) - About a hundred organizations of the Sahrawi civil society expressed Saturday, their “deep concern” regarding the negotiations between the European Union (EU) and Morocco, to include products from Western Sahara in their trade agreements, without the consent ...
During an investor conference in Whistler, British Columbia, on 25 January, Chuck Magro, Nutrien's President and CEO, told that the company has an intention to stop buying phosphate rock from Western Sahara. This was reported by Reuters. However, Reuters did not report on the most interesting part of ...
Rabat – Morocco's Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani on Thursday reiterated AU's commitment to supporting United Nations' efforts to find a consensual and mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict.” According to El Othmani, AU's leaders' stance on the conflict is “unchanged.
“We confirm that the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General on Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, intends to hold bilateral discussions with the parties and neighbouring countries this January and February.” No specific date was proposed for the meeting in the press briefing. Kohler has invited to Mauritania ...
The UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara has invited the relevant “parties to the conflict” to “separate talks” in Germany, according to reports in Morocco. Horst Kohler initiated the invitation to Morocco, the Polisario front and Mauritania following a ten-day tour of Europe and Africa.
Koehler was appointed in August as special envoy to lead a new UN push for talks between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front on Western Sahara. Morocco and the Polisario fought for control of Western Sahara from 1974 to 1991, with Rabat taking over the desert territory before a ...
Rabat – In efforts to promote direct negotiations over the Western Sahara conflict, the United Nations Secretary-General Envoy Horst Kohler has invited the two parties to “separate meetings” scheduled for January 24 and 26 in Berlin, Germany. Akhbar Al Yaoum reported on Monday that Kohler aspires to ...
Marrakesh — The Marrakesh Court of Justice has decided to postpone the trial of the Saharawi political prisoners ,well known El Luali comrades ,to the February 13, justifying that by the absence of four detainees. The detained students entered the courtroom in the early hours of Tuesday 16 January ...
Rabat – During the meeting of the National Investments Commission with head of the government Saad Eddine El Othmani, 48 projects were approved for a budget of MAD 32 billion for 2018. Over half of these investments were allocated to the Laayoune Sakia El Hamra region, with a rate of 53 percent.
Rabat – Jean-Yves le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, received in Paris, Horst Kohler, United Nations Secretary-General Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. During this meeting that took place on Wednesday January 17, Le Drian emphasized to Kohler that Morocco's Autonomy Plan ...
In the year's most closely watched trial, a civilian court retried and convicted anew a group of 24 Sahrawi men, including some human rights activists, of complicity in deadly clashes that took place in Western Sahara in 2010. The court sentenced the men to between 20 years and life in prison on the basis of ...
Murcia — .The Minister of Presidency and Development, Pedro Rivera, accompanied by the Director General of the European Union, External Action and Cooperation, Manuel Pleguezuelo, today received the Saharawi delegate in the Region of Murcia, Fatma Mohamed Salem, accompanied by members ...
Reference is made to the article published in The New Times on Saturday entitled: Kagame, UN envoy Kohler discuss Western Sahara conflict. ... Morocco is an occupying power of Western Sahara, and it is the UN General Assembly and the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union, ...
The case arises out of the long-running conflict between Morocco, as occupying power, and the Western Sahara as occupied territory. Spain had exercised its colonial powers over both Morocco and the Western Sahara, and in the 1960s had come under pressure to divest and allow Western Sahara a ...
The fisheries agreement between the European Union (EU) and Morocco should be declared invalid because it involves the Western Sahara region, ... Attorney General Melchior Wathelet told the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) that the people of Western Sahara have the right to self-determination and ...
Rabat – United Nations Secretary-General Envoy, Horst Kohler aims to promote collaboration with African leaders to reach a mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara. On Friday, Kohler held talks with AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, about ...
The Chilean Senate lauded the pre-eminence of Western Sahara autonomy initiative presented by Morocco, which the United Nations and the international community regard as “a serious and credible initiative” for the final settlement of this regional dispute. The broad autonomy plan proposed by Morocco ...
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about recent increased tensions in the vicinity of Guerguerat in the Buffer Strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border. The Secretary-General underlines that the withdrawal of Frente Polisario elements from ...


 

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