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European Parliament’s Western Sahara Intergroup installed

 
Brussels, February 27, 2015 (SPS) -A parliamentary group called "Intergroup Peace in Western Sahara", made of 119 MEPs representing a wide range of political movements and groups was set up Tuesday at the European Parliament in Brussels.
 
The setting-up ceremony took place in the presence of Saharawi Minister for Relations with Europe Mohamed Sidati, President of the European Conference for support and solidarity with the Saharawi people (EUCOCO) Pierre Galand and and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

UK not planning to send representative to Crans Montana Forum, says Ellwood

London, Feb 24, 2015 (SPS) - The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. Tobias Ellwood, on Monday said his country (UK) does not plan to send a representative to the Crans Montana Forum, to be held in the occupied city of Dajla next March.

Answering a question by the Liberal Democrat MP Mark William, the official said his country have not received an invitation to the Forum, adding they are not planning to send a representative to the event.

U.S. supports UN efforts in Western Sahara

Algiers, Feb 24, 2015 (SPS) - The U.S. Ambassador in Algiers, Ms. Joan Polaschik, reiterated Sunday her country’s support to the efforts of the United Nations (UN) to reach a peaceful and durable solution accepted by both parties to the conflict of Western Sahara.

The U.S. official also expressed support to the work of Mr. Christopher Ross, UN personal envoy for Western Sahara, and Mrs. Kim Bolduc, special representative and head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Saharawi Government calls for urgent investigation into Moroccan human rights abuses

Algiers, Feb 24, 2015 (SPS) - The Saharawi Government has called on the international community, notably the UN, to open “an urgent investigation” into Morocco’s violations of human rights in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, said Monday Ambassador in Algeria Mr. Brahim Ghali.

Algerian Karim Hag Meliani wins medal of Sahara Marathon 15

Smara (refugee camps), Feb 24, 2015 (SPS) - The Algerian runner, Karim Hag Meliani, won the medal of 42-km-long Sahara Marathon breaking the race record with 3 hours 3 minutes.

Speaking to SPS, the runner said the first 21km of the race went without problem, while the second was a bite difficult, hailing the organizational level of the event.

In relevant context, the Algerian runner Thabit Wadih won the semi-Marathon (21 km), which started from the Wilaya of Awserd owards Smara.

EU will not participate in Crans Montana Forum, confirms Juncker

Brussels, Feb 24, 2015 (SPS) - The President of the European Union (EU), Mr. Jean Claude Juncker, on Monday indicated that the EU is not going to take part at the Crans Montana Forum, expected to be organized in the occupied city of Dajla next March.

The announcement by EU President was made in a reply to a letter sent to him by the President of the Republic Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz on 10 February 2015. (SPS)

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President of Republic asks UN to probe the assassination of Saharawi citizen

Bir Lehlou (liberated zones), Feb 24, 2015 (SPS) - The President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz, has deplored the move by Moroccan occupying state to bury the young Saharawi boy, Mohamed Lamin Ould Haidala, in the absence of his family, urging the UN to open “an independent investigation” into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Fifteenth edition of Sahara Marathon kicked off today

Smara (refugee camps), Feb 23, 2015 (SPS) - The 15th edition of Sahara Marathon, annual international sport demonstration, on Tuesday kicked off in the Saharawi refugee camps, with the participation of 580 Saharawi and international runners from 30 countries in the world.

The Marathon started from the Wilaya of El Aaiun towards Smara, Saharawi refugee camps.

This year’s edition is dedicated to shedding light on the Saharawi children’s rights.

Peaceful demonstration in occupied Smara demanding Saharawi people’s self-determination

Smara (occupied territories), Feb 23, 2015 (SPS) - Dozens Saharawi civilians on Sunday poured into the streets of the occupied city of Smara to demand right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.

The demonstrators also condemned Crans Montana Forum’s decision to hold its next session in the occupied city of Dajla, denouncing the pillaging of Saharawi natural resources by Kosmos Energy and several other foreign companies in total collusion with Moroccan occupying state.

Saharawi political prisoner Mbarek Daodi to enter hunger strike in protest of Crans Montana Forum

Sale (Rabat), Feb 23, 2015 (SPS) - The Saharawi political prisoner, Mbarek Daoudi, has decided to enter a new open-ended hunger strike as from March 1st in protest of Crans Montana Forum’s intention to hold its annual seminar in the occupied Saharawi city of Dajla.

Mbarek Dadoudi, waiting to be tried since 2013, aims through his hunger strike to show his rejection to the holding of the Crans Montana Forum.

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