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 remains silent after questions from British newspaper “The Guardian”,’ Al-Mustaqbal As-Sahrawi (Sahrawi Refugee Camps – Algeria), 28 April 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
An article published by The Guardian on Sunday discussed a push for British tourists to boycott Morocco over human rights abuses in the Western Sahara. The newspaper approached Moroccan authorities for comment, but received no response.– – المغرب يلتزم الصمت امام اسئلة جريدة الغارديان البريطانية ٢٨ أبريل ٢٠١٤…

‘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 …

‘Moroccan official calls for reconsideration of policies related to the Western Sahara conflict,’ Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), 8 April 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Nabil Benabdallah, Secretary General of the Party of Progress and Socialism (Morocco’s former communist party) and Minister of Housing and Urbanism, has called for a reexamination of the kingdom’s policies regarding the Western Sahara issue. Benabdallah sees the conflict in its current state as divisive and hopes to…

‘Opponents of Polisario in Tindouf release first announcement confirming that they will fight for freedom and dignity,’ Ya Biladi (Morocco), 9 April 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
A new group calling itself the “Youth of Change” movement has appeared in the Tindouf camps for Sahrawi refugees in southwestern Algeria. The group has released its first statement vowing to fight for freedom and dignity in the face of corruption and exploitation by the Polisario Front. —…

‘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…