December 5th starts the  Round table that will try to unlock talks on the future of Western Sahara

PUSL.- UN envoy Horst Köhler called on Morocco, the Polisario Front, Algeria and Mauritania for an “initial roundtable” on Wednesday and Thursday (5 and 6) in Geneva to negotiations on the territory of Western Sahara. This will be the first meeting since 2012.
In the invitation letter of Horst Köhler, one can read that “It is time to start a new chapter in the political process”. The current UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy, António Guterres, says he wants to find a way out for the last territory of the African continent that lacks post-colonial status and is therefore on the list of non-autonomous territories of the UN.
The Polisario Front, which in 1976 proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) over the 266,000 km2 of that desert territory, claims respect for the 1991 cease-fire agreement that provides for the holding of a referendum on self-determination. This referendum was envisaged by the United Nations in the settlement of the conflict which arose after the Spanish settlers left in 1975 when Morocco invaded and annexed and occupied Western Sahara and initiated the genocide of the civilian population which included bombing civilians with white phosphorus and Napalm.

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Western Sahara: GRIP calls on European countries to refuse any arms exports to Morocco

Dk News.- The Peace and Security Research and Information Group (GRIP) called on European countries to refuse any export of military equipment to Morocco, raising the issue that these weapons are used to commit numerous human rights violation in occupied Western Sahara.

GRIP warned, in a recent report, European countries about their arms exports to Morocco by insisting on the non-compliance of the transfer of these military equipments with the pre-export evaluation criteria established by the European Union in the “Common Position”.

“Morocco continues to occupy most of Western Sahara,” said the GRIP report, while referring to “repressive practices violent and disproportionate to international standards regarding freedom of movement, freedom of expression and of association, the right to a fair trial or the safeguarding of the economic, social and cultural rights of the Saharawi people. Read more

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President of the Saharawi Republic begins an official visit to Cuba

Havana, December 3, 2018 (SPS) – The President of the Saharawi Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mr. Brahim Ghali, arrived Sunday evening at the Republic of Cuba on a three-day official visit, during which he will meet with high authorities of the Cuban State.

The President was received by several Cuban government officials, headed by Mr. Rogelio Sierra Díaz, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, in the presence of Mr. Clara Bolido, Ambassador of Cuba accredited to the Saharawi Republic.

In the program of activities of the Saharawi President, includes, in addition to official talks with the Cuban authorities, the tribute to José Martí, the Cuban National Hero.

The president is accompanied by a delegation composed of Mansur Omar, Delegate Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Latin America, Malainin Tganam Saharawi Ambassador in Cuba and Abdati Breika, Councilor of the Presidency. Read more

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