April 2017

Security Council to extend Minurso mandate after long negotiations

New York,  April 27, 2017 (SPS) -The UN Security Council will adopt on Thursday the draft resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum on Self-Determination in Western Sahara (Minurso) by one year following intense negotiations on this text submitted by the U.S delegation.

Discussions on this draft resolution remain hard some hours before its adoption. The third and last draft can be modified.

Western Sahara: Security Council divided on resolution

New York, April 26, 2017 (SPS) - The Security Council, which met Tuesday to examine the US draft resolution on Western Sahara, has not reached consensus as first discussions revealed great divergences between the members.

Spain: Galicia Parliament reiterates commitment to Saharawi cause

Madrid (Spain), April 26, 2017 (SPS) - Parliament of Galicia, Spain's northwest, reiterated Tuesday its commitment to the Saharawi cause through an official statement presented by its speaker, Miguel Angel Santalices.

Former UN chief: the UN referendum is the only solution for the issue of Western Sahara

Copenhagen (Denmark), April 25, 2017 (SPS) - In an article published Tuesday in the Danish Media, the Former Chief of MINURSO Troops in Western Sahara, the Danish General Major, Mr. Kurt Mosgaard stressed that while these days the UN SC is discussing the issue of Western Sahara, the UN referendum for the people of Western Sahara, which the international law states as a model for former colonies remains the only way to avoid new war in Western Sahara.

'The oppression is brutal’: Morocco breaks up Western Sahara protest ahead of UN talks

Mohamed Samid Ould Brahim 24 April 2017

The confrontation highlights the Moroccan routine response towards self-determination and human rights activists in the occupied territory of Western Sahara.

Security Council should act with “determination” for fair solution enabling organization of self-determination referendum

Washington, 23 April (SPS) - Swedish Hans Corell, former Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs and Legal Advisor at the United Nations, stressed the imperative that the Security Council act, concerning the handling of Western Sahara’s issue, with “authority” and “determination” to ensure a fair solution enabling the organization of self-determination referendum in this territory occupied by Morocco since 1975.

Re-establishment of relations between Morocco and Cuba: new testimony of failure of Moroccan policy (Omar Mansur)

Shaheed El Hafed, 23 Apr 2017 (SPS) "The restoration of relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and Cuba is further evidence of the failure of the monarchy's boycott policy with all countries that have recognized the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic" Said Saturday, the Minister Delegate to the FM in charge of Latin America and the Caribbean, Omar Mansur.

Polisario Front accepts appointment of Horst Köhler as UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

New York, April 22, 2017 (SPS) -The Polisario Front approved the appointment of German Horst Köhler as a Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Western Sahara following the resignation of American Christopher  Ross, announced Representative of Western Sahara at the UN Ahmed Boukhari.

Euro-Med Rights calls upon the UN SC to give MINURSO a mandate to monitor HR in Western Sahara

Copenhagen (Denmark), April 21, 2017 (SPS) - The President of the Euro-Med Rights network of Human Rights (EuroMed Rights), Mr. Michel Tubiana called on, in a letter addressed Thursday to the Member States of the United Nations Security Council, to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and to extend this mission to include a mandate to monitor human rights in Western Sahara.