There is no confederation with Morocco as a solution to the occupation of Western Sahara

Diario La Realidad Saharaui, DLRS

Mhamed Khadad denies a confederation with Morocco as a solution to the occupation of the Western Sahara.

The Polisario Front denies the rumors leaked by the Moroccan press and some Spanish media, which attributed to the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Horst Köhler, “an alleged road map consisting of a confederation with Morocco as a solution to the occupation of Western Sahara. ”

Diario La Realidad on thursday in talks with the head of the Foreign Relations Commission of the Polisario Front and coordinator with the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, Mr. Mhamed Khadad, clarified that the UN Personal Envoy has sent an official call for the parties to the conflict, the Polisario Front and the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as the observer parties in the conflict Algeria and Mauritania to attend a round of negotiations that will begin next October.

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As Morocco tries to obstruct the work of the UN Special Envoy for Western Sahara

Horst KöhlerSource: TSA (Algeria) By: Sonia Lyes August 12, 2018 / EIC Spanish translation for Poemario por un sahara libre

The presentation by Horst Kohler, personal representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Western Sahara, to the UN Security Council on his recent visit to the region was preceded in the background by Moroccan maneuvers aimed at anticipating and limiting the presentation to a simple fact.

This is revealed in a letter sent by the Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN to the fifteen members of the UN Security Council on August 6, two days before the presentation of Horst Kohler.

“The Security Council will hold its third six-month consultation on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara on 8 August 2018. The meeting was requested by the Secretary-General’s personal representative, Mr. Horst Kohler, the briefing will be only an objective report of the his visit to the region last June, “Omar Hilale (Morocco’s ambassador to the UN in New York) wrote, adding that ” Morocco would have preferred this third presentation and the personal representative would have been heard at a later stage. “

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UN plane talks between parties over Western Sahara before the end of the year

PUSL.- Then the UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy for Western Sahara wants to call for end-of-year talks between Morocco and Polisario Front to end a a decades-long conflict, said the Security Council chairman on Friday.

Horst Koehler, former German president and former director of the International Monetary Fund, informed the Council behind closed doors of his efforts to restart negotiations after a ten-year period in which it was not possible to bring the parties together because of Morocco’s intransigence in respect of the premise on which the ceasefire agreement was based in 1991, the holding of a self-determination referendum.

The press conference following the meeting with statements by British Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Allen, whose country holds the presidency of the UN Security Council this month, was not broadcast on UN television, curiously at the very start the transmission was paused.

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UN silent after security council meeting on Western Sahara

PUSL.- Today the UN Security Council meeting was held with Horst Köhler Personal Envoy of Secretary-General António Guterres for Western Sahara.

This was the image transmitted by the United Nations television during the press conference that was to take place after the meeting.

No explanation or information was available on the United Nations website.

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The little saharawi peace ambassadors in Italy

PUSL interviewed Fatimelu Sidi Allal, member of the Polisario Front representation in Italy. The “Little Ambassadors of Peace” project that began in Italy in 1982 (in Tuscany Sesto Fiorentino) has evolved over the years, welcoming more and more children from the Saharawi refugee camps. It is a national project that has expression in several regions and municipalities in Italy and involves the active participation of politicians, associations, religious organizations, volunteers and doctors amongst others.

Fatimelu Sidi Allal began by telling us about the radical gesture of the Saharawi people. The radical gesture that a whole people embraced when it was invaded by Morocco, instead of fleeing to the Atlantic that borders the entire Saharawi coast, where its most populated cities are located, they fled to the desert. Opting for an extreme exile. They were the only people that fled from the coast to the desert to reorganize. This gesture says Fatimelu has today an incredible priceless value, because while entire populations gather to cross the Mediterranean, looking on the other side, for individual and definitive solutions for their lives because of the tragedies they suffer, the Saharawis see the refugee camps in the desert as the place where they belong and where they can be reorganized in order to recover their stolen land. And how do they do it? In an unprecedented way, a non-violent, extremely civil struggle, respecting the resolutions of the United Nations and the African Union.

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Press Release MPT (Portugal): On the unsustainable situation of the Saharawi People

The Movement Party of the Earth (MPT), consistent with the values it advocates, reaffirms its solidarity with the Saharawi people and its legitimate representative, the Polisario Front, and its inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations, the African Union and the advisory opinion of the Court of The Hague  judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), and condemns the illegal military occupation of a large part of the territory of Western Sahara by the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as the demographic change with the introduction of hundreds of thousands of settlers .

It is with particular concern that we see the inertia on the part of the international community in relation to this occupation, which has continued since 1975 and which did not end, as might be expected in 1991, with the signing of the cease-fire agreement whose premises have not been respected by Morocco, which consistently  has placed obstacles in the way of a referendum for self-determination, the only reason for the presence of a United Nations Mission in the field  for more than two decades and whose mandate does not include the protection of the Saharawi population.

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El Bachir Khadda, saharawi political prisoner victim of harrasment

PUSL.- According to a communiqué of the family, the local prison administration of Tiflet 2 provoked and harassed El Bachir Khadda, Sahrawi political prisoner of thr Gdeim Izik group.

Khadda is denied medical attention since December 2017 and has presented several complaints regarding his detention situation. He is in prolonged solitary confinement for over 9 months, has no medical attention, and has been victim of ill treatment and insults.

His family denounced the latest attempt on the 27th of July of the prison administration to force Mr. Khadda to wear a dirty uniform of the comun prisoners as the condition to be brought to the hospital and receive treatment.

The political prisoner refused defending his right to have clean clothes and wear is own clothes since he is not a comun prisoner.

Mr. Khadda told the family that the prison administration deliberately humiliated him and treated him in a indignified and immoral and that he categorically rejects wearing a dirty uniform to go to the hospital.

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CJEU judgement: EU-Morocco fishery agreement cannot include Western Sahara

PUSL.- The Court of Justice of the European Union  (CJEU) has confirmed in it’s latest ruling published on 19th of July that Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara and therefore the EU’s fisheries agreement with Morocco cannot be applied to the territory.

“it follows from the foregoing considerations that the Partnership Agreement and the 2013 Protocol must be interpreted in accordance with the rules of international law binding on the Union and applicable in the relations between the Union and the Kingdom of Morocco. In this sense, the territory of Western Sahara, and the waters adjacent to the territory, do not fall within the respective territorial scope of this Agreement and Protocol”.

This judgement referes to the case brought by the Frente Polisario against the EU Council over the application of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement to Western Sahara in 2014 and confirms the two previous rulings of 21st December 2016 referring to the case presented by Polisario Front  and on 27th February 2018 the case of Western Sahara Campaign against the UK Government that was then referred by the UK High Court to the CJEU.

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The Council votes on the Commission’s proposal for a decision amending the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco

PUSL.- On 16 July the Council adopted a decision on the extension of tariff preferences in the Association Agreement with Morocco in Western Sahara. According to the Commission, the decision is in line with the judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU on the liberalization agreement on agricultural and other products of 21 December 2016.
As a reminder, on 29 May 2017, the Council authorized the Commission to open negotiations with a view to providing a legal basis for granting preferences to products originating in Western Sahara following the judgment of 21 December 2016 in the case C-104/16 P 3, in which the Court of Justice of the European Union had ruled that the Association Agreement and the liberalization agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco did not apply to Western Sahara.
Two rounds of negotiations took place. The first was held on June 15 and 16, 2017, the second on July 18, 2017. The Chief Negotiators initiated the draft agreement on January 31, 2018.

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One year after, the Saharawi Gdeim Izik political prisoners are still subject to inhuman treatments

By Fito Alvarez Tombo – PUSL

19 of the original 24 Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik Group remain in prison, with sentences that range from 20 years to life imprisonment and continue to be victims of torture, ill treatment and intentional medical neglect by the Moroccan authorities.

The French defense lawyer of the Gdeim Izik Group, Maître Ouled, is extremely preoccupied with the continues disrespect of the Moroccan authorities with the most basic human rights, as well as the infringements and violations of the national and international law regarding her defendants.

“They have been subjected to sever ill treatment and in some cases torture, as well as extreme medical neglect after their last sentencing on 19th of July 2017 by the court of appeal of Salé, Rabat. Besides the fact that there is still a decision pending from the Cour de cassation and that this trial did not present any evidence of guilt, it is clear that my clients are in some cases in life endangerment due to their health status. We are addressing, with their families, the competent authorities regarding the infringements and violation and will continue to do so. We are just asking for the inherent rights of my clients to be considered as innocent since there is no proof of guilt other than declarations signed under torture, tortures that were never investigated. It is here a question of the right to live which excludes confinement and almost total isolation from the outside world.  An urgent solution has to be found since clearly this situation is not sustainable for much longer.”

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Mohamed Bani, Saharawi political prisoner without adequate medical care

PUSL.- Mr. Bani, Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group, who went on hunger strike for 14 days in March, which aggravated his already precarious health, since he was placed in solitary confinement as punishment, has not yet received appropriate medical attention.

The hunger strike ended after a meeting with the Regional Delegate of the General Delegation for Administration of Penitentiaries and Social Reintegration, when he was promised a transfer to Bouzakarn Prison, with authorization for family visits 4 days a week and two weekly phone calls.

These promises have not been fulfilled and Mr Bani remains in the same situation.

Ms. Bani and her five children traveled to Ait Melloul prison to visit him.
His French lawyer, Maitre Ouled, told us that she had sent a fax to the director of the Ait Melloul prison on the basis of article 75 of the Dahir n ° 1-99-200 of 13 joumada I 1420 (Moroccan law), which authorizes and regulates family visits . She requested that the presence of Mr. Bani’s children, including some minors, would be taken into account.

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