United Nations

UN ratifies resolution to support a series of Sahara negotiations, Hespress (Morocco), 5 December 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ratified today, without a vote, on a resolution on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara. The resolution had been ratified last October by the Fourth Committee as the UNGA renewed the UN’s support for the a search to a negotiated political solution…

‘Morocco rejects its comparison with any other country that doesn’t respect human rights,’ Middle East Online (London), 14 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Morocco’s official government spokesman has denied Amnesty International’s recent accusations of torture in the kingdom, stating that a previous UN report proved that torture is not practiced and actually praised the country for its commitment to protecting and advancing a culture of human rights. – – المغرب يرفض…

‘Violent confrontations in Laayoune and Morocco considers UN report biased towards Polisario,’ Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), 16 April 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Protesters and security forces clashed in the Western Saharan capital of Laayoune following peaceful protests by supporters of the Polisario Front who were calling for self-determination and the expansion of the UN mission in the disputed territory. This comes at a time when Morocco has been moving towards …

‘World News – 28/03/2014 – Mid Day News,’ MTV Lebanon

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
See video transcription and translation below. ___________________________________ Transcription أخبار دولية -Mid Day News – 28/03/2014 دعا الرئيس الأمريكي باراك أوباما روسيا إلی سحب قواتها المنتشرة علی طول الحدود مع أوكرانيا والتفوّض مع الأسرة الدولية. في المقابل، أكّد نظيره الروسي فلادمير بوتين أن الدور الذي لعبته القوات الروسية في…

‘French petrol company “Total” renews its licence to prospect for oil in Western Sahara,’ an-Nahar (Lebanon), 7 February 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Morocco has renewed French petrol company Total’s licence to prospect for oil off the coast of Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara. Morocco annexed the territory following Spain’s withdrawal in 1975. A UN-brokered ceasefire was reached between Morocco and the Polisario Front, on the condition that a referendum about self-determination be…

‘Saudi Arabia requests emergency United Nations session on Syria,’ al-Arabiya (Saudi Arabia), 9 February 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Saudi Arabia’s permanent mission to the United Nations has requested an emergency session to be held in order to listen to reports from a number heads of UN departments and international organizations on the situation in Syria. – السعودية تطلب جلسة طارئة للأمم المتحدة حول سوريا ٩ فبراير…

Egypt

Egypt: No place for Bashar in the new Syria

http://www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/d312b04b-43e6-4bc0-a5cb-e43e129ce28b مصر: لا مكان لبشار بسوريا الجديدة Egypt: No place for Bashar in the new Syria أعلن وزير الخارجية المصري محمد كامل عمرو أن موقف بلاده لم يتغير تجاه سوريا، وعبر عن استغرابه لما تردد في بعض وسائل الإعلام في هذا الشأن، مشيرا إلى أن مصرأكدت ولا تزال أنه “لا مكان في سوريا الجديدة لأي…