Algeria and South Africa reaffirm their support to Western Sahara and Palestine

Abdelkader Messahel, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Algerian People’s Democratic Republic on a working visit to South Africa on 29 August 2018, was received by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and after the meetings held, they issued a joint statement reaffirming the solidarity and support of both countries to the people of Western Sahara and to the people of Palestine in their struggles for independence and sovereignty.

The two ministers recalled the historical and fraternal ties between South Africa and Algeria, recognizing that this connection was cemented during the period of the liberation struggle against colonialism and apartheid when Algeria supported and trained cadres of the liberation movement including the ex- President Nelson Mandela.

The meeting took place in the year of Nelson Mandela’s Centennial celebrations.

During their extensive exchange of views on bilateral, continental and international issues, the ministers reaffirmed their countries position on Western Sahara, namely the realization of the right of self-determination of the Saharawi people, the decolonization of Western Sahara and the rapid resolution of the conflict in the context of international legality. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. ” Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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