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Western Sahara: The Polisario loses its last trump cards

The Polisario leaders are beginning to recognize publicly their latest setbacks in the diplomatic battle against Morocco despite the all-out support of the Algerian government. In recent statements circulated by the Algerian media, Polisario representative Ahmed Bukhari indirectly admitted that one of the latest battles taking place at the United …

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Did Moroccan Police Attack Aminatou Haidar’s Home?

Brussels – A recent press release from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights accused the Moroccan police of attacking the home of separatist leader Aminatou Haidar. As usual when writing about the Sahara, the RFK Center report contains overstatements and hyperbole not found in other reports …

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UNSG Personal Envoy to brief Security Council on Western Sahara

Brussels – The United Nations Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, will brief the UN Security Council on Western Sahara on Thursday. This comes after the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released his annual report on the situation in the Western Sahara last Friday. In the report, …

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JOINT STATEMENT : United States has made clear that Morocco’s autonomy plan is serious, realistic, and credible

The following is a joint statement by the governments of Morocco and the United States following today’s Strategic Dialogue. Begin text: At the third session of the United States–Morocco Strategic Dialogue today at the Department of State, Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar reviewed progress over …

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Western Sahara : Morocco Refuses Any Involvement of African Union

    New York  – Morocco expressed its categorical refusal of whatever role or involvement of the African Union in the the so-called Western Sahara issue, Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar made it clear in a letter sent on Wednesday to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In the letter, Morocco …

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Open letter from the Sahrawis Associations to U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Threat of the Polisario run-Tindouf camps, to regional security Dakhla, 13 April 2015 Excellency, We write to urge you to use your position in the UN Security Council to study the possibility of disbanding the Polisario military units and giving the opportunity to refugee’s freedom of movement to migrate …

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While Conflicts Rage, Morocco-US Relations Continue Apace

This coming week, Morocco and the US will hold the third bilateral Strategic Dialogue, which is an opportunity for the long-time friends to discuss key political and security issues. Initiated during the first Obama Administration by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Morocco-US Strategic Dialogue, one of less than …

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Morocco : The Steadiest country of the region !

Parallels made between Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, often lead to conclusions deeming Morocco the most stable. Rather than being the result of better governance, this stability stems from the relative quietness of the political scene and the lack of a significant scramble for power. But many key-differences inherent to Morocco …

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Why does Algiers reject the Moroccan autonomy plan?

The autonomy plan for Western Sahara as proposed by Morocco disturbs on a number of counts Algerian rulers who fear a contagion effect in Kabylia and in other parts of the country. Algerian authorities oppose the Moroccan autonomy proposal not because it is contrary to international law as they claim, …

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Dr. Erik Jensen : Autonomy ‘Only Honorable Solution’ to Settle Western Sahara Issue

Brussels – Autonomy is the “only honorable way” to settle the Western Sahara conflict, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to the Sahara, Erik Jansen, said Wednesday in Brussels. “I have always been convinced that the only honorable way to settle the Sahara issue is autonomy”, Jansen said …

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