defence-blog.com.- The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $776 million sale of various TOW-2A missiles to Morocco, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Thursday in an official notification to Congress.
The possible sale to Morocco includes 2,401 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF); and 28 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF), Fly-to-Buy missiles for lot acceptance testing; and 400 M220A2 TOW Launchers and/or four hundred 400 M41 Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) Launchers, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
“The proposed sale of the TOW 2A Missiles and TOW Launchers will advance Morocco’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability. A strong national defense and dedicated military force will assist Morocco to sustain itself in its efforts to maintain stability.,” he said in a recent statement.
PUSL.-In the recently published Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 – Western Sahara, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the US Department of State confirms that Morocco is committing and ongoing of the Practice Relating to Rule 130 of International Humanitarian Law: Transfer of Own Civilian Population into Occupied Territory, which constitutes a War Crime.
The report states:
“As an inducement to relocate to the territory, workers in the formal sector earned up to 85 percent more than their counterparts in internationally recognized Morocco. The government also provided fuel subsidies and exempted workers from income and value-added taxes.”
The transfer of Moroccan population into Western Sahara, the territory it occupies, is prohibited by international humanitarian law. The transfer of an occupying power’s population to a territory it occupies amounts to a war crime that may engage the individual criminal responsibility of those responsible. Read more
PUSL – February 24, 2019 .- A delegation from the USA composed of 17 personalities including six parlamentarians, headed by James Inhofe Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, and Finance Committee Chairman Enzi Michael Bradley.
The President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and Secretary General of the POLISARIO front, Brahim Ghali, received this Sunday the US delegation.
Speaking to the press, after an interview with the President of the Republic, Brahim Gali, Mr. Inhofe said that the visit of this important delegation “falls within the framework of the encouragement of the peoples right to the recovery of freedom desired for years”. Read more
The Saharawi digital newspaper La Realidad, DLR. 06/01/2019.- In a new bill, the United States Congress excludes Western Sahara from the public spending budget for Morocco by 2019.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives of the United States approved a bill that excludes Western Sahara from the financial aid for the year 2019 destined for Morocco in the budget of public expenditure, unlike in recent years, particularly in 2018, an American position that confirms that Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara.
Reuters said that “The bill states that aid to Western Sahara is completely separate from that for Morocco, and clearly refers to Western Sahara as a distinct political entity from that of Morocco.” Read more
WASHINGTON, (elperiodicodemexico.com) – The National Security Adviser of the White House, John Bolton, expressed Thursday his “frustration” for the lack of progress in resolving the political dispute over Western Sahara and asked “how can it be justified” that the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MINURSO) continues to be extended.
Bolton has outlined the strategy of the Donald Trump Administration for Africa and has used the example of MINURSO, whose initial mandate he himself contributed to draft in 1991, to demand a change of approach in relation to international peace missions.
Trump’s advisor has acknowledged his “frustration” for the lack of progress in resolving the dispute over Western Sahara. “I would like to see this resolved if the parties can agree on a way out. That is my preference, “he told reporters at a Washington think tank, according to Reuters. Read more