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2015-02-27 UN Agencies Urged Donors to Step Up Aid for Sahrawi Refugees
[Algerie Presse Service]Algiers -The World Food Programme (WFP) and other United Nations agencies have urged on donors to continue their food aid for the Sahrawis living in refugee camps Tindouf (Algeria), warning of the insufficient funding to meet their needs in the second half of current year, said the Sahrawi news agency SPS.

2015-02-26 Western Sahara - Algeria, Kenya Reaffirm Support for UN Efforts
[Algerie Presse Service]Algeria -Algeria and Kenya reaffirmed their support for the efforts of United Nation to reach a political solution, which provides for the self-determination of the People of Western Sahara, stressed a joint communiqué released Thursday after President Kenyatta's state visit to Algeria at the invitation of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

2015-02-26 UN Agencies in Algeria Urge Continued Food Assistance to Refugees From Western Sahara
[WFP]"Sahrawi refugees live in a desert area near the town of Tindouf, where living conditions are extremely harsh and they remain heavily dependent on external humanitarian assistance to survive," said WFP deputy country director in Algeria Francesca Caponera. "A halt in WFP food assistance would have a severe impact on the food security and nutritional status of the refugees and may also have unpredictable consequences on the stability of the area."

2015-02-25 EU Will Not Participate in Crans Montana Forum, Confirms Juncker
[SPS]Brussels -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.

2015-02-25 Saharawi Government Calls for Urgent Investigation Into Moroccan Human Rights Abuses
[SPS]Algiers -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.

2015-02-25 President of Republic Asks UN to Probe the Assassination of Saharawi Citizen
[SPS]Bir Lehlou -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.

2015-02-25 UK Not Planning to Send Representative to Crans Montana Forum, Says Ellwood
[SPS]London -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.

2015-02-25 U.S. Supports UN Efforts in Western Sahara
[SPS]Algiers -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.

2015-02-25 Algerian Karim Hag Meliani Wins Medal of Sahara Marathon 15
[SPS]Smara -The Algerian runner, Karim Hag Meliani, won the medal of 42-km-long Sahara Marathon breaking the race record with 3 hours 3 minutes.

2015-02-25 European Parliament's Western Sahara Intergroup Installed
[Algerie Presse Service]Brussels -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.

2015-02-24 Saharawi Civil Society Starts Campaign Against Morocco's Plunder of Natural Resources
[SPS]Smara -Saharawi civil society organizations on Monday announced the start of a national campaign in protest of Saharawi natural resources' plunder by the Moroccan occupying state and some foreign companies.

2015-02-24 Saharawi Political Prisoner Mbarek Daodi to Enter Hunger Strike in Protest of Crans Montana Forum
[SPS]Sale -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.

2015-02-23 Cooperation Minister Denounces Spain's Double-Standard Policy On Saharawi Issue
[SPS]Madrid -The Minister of Cooperation, Mr. Brahim Mojtar, has called on the Spanish government to stop pursuing a double standard policy towards the question of Western Sahara, in a meeting with the general director of cooperation in the Canary Island's regional government.

2015-02-23 UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara Received By Algerian Premier
[SPS]Algiers -UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Mr. Christopher Ross, on Sunday received in Algiers by Algeria Prime Minister, Mr. Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister's office announced.

2015-02-24 Fifteenth Edition of Sahara Marathon Kicked Off Today
[SPS]Smara -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.

2015-02-23 French President Asked to Respect Human Rights in Western Sahara (letter)
[SPS]Paris -The Platform for Solidarity with the Saharawi People in France has asked French President Francois Hollande to support the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination, which can only be realized through a referendum consistent with the values of the French Republic and international law.

2015-02-24 Peaceful Demonstration in Occupied Smara Demanding Saharawi People's Self-Determination
[SPS]Smara -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.

2015-02-23 WSAF Starts Campaign for Incorporation of Human Rights Component Within Minurso
[SPS]London -The Western Sahara Action Forum (WSAF) on Thursday began a campaign pressurizing the UN Security Council to fulfill its responsibility to supervise a free and fair referendum that will allow the Sahrawi people to express their inalienable right to self-determination.

2015-02-23 French Association Deplores Honoring of Moroccan Torturer in Paris
[SPS]Le Havre -The French association "tanks for the Saharawis" has expressed its resentment for the announcement made in the middle of this month by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to give the Legion d'honneur to the head of Morocco's intelligence, Abdellatif Hammouchi, who faces lawsuits over torture against Moroccans and Saharawis.

2015-02-23 Saharawi Delegation Attends 18th Meeting of Mine Risk Awareness in Geneva
[SPS]Geneva -At the invitation of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), the Coordinator of the Saharawi Mine Action Coordination Office, Mr. Samu Ammu Dih, took part at the 18th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and UN Advisors, convened from 16th to Friday 19th February 2015 in Geneva.

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