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2016-05-05 UN Must Expedite Right to Self-Determination of Sahrawi People - Chairperson
[Parliament of South Africa] The Chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Siphosezwe Masango, has called on the United Nations (UN) to urgently enforce the referendum that will allow the people of Western Sahara to decide on the type of government they preferred.

2016-05-03 Algeria Welcomes UN's Commitment for Settlement Based On Sahrawi People's Right to Self-Determination
[Algerie Presse Service] Algiers -Algeria welcomed Saturday the United Nations "renewed" commitment for a fair, lasting and mutually acceptable political settlement, enabling the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination, said Foreign Affairs Ministry in a communiqué.

2016-05-03 Humanitarian Caravan Sets Off From Oran to Sahrawi Refugee Camps
[Algerie Presse Service] Oran -A humanitarian caravan has set off Sunday from the port of Oran (431km west of Algiers) to the Sahrawi refugee camps, as part of the celebration of Labour Day, devoted this tear, by Algeria, to the Sahrawi cause.

2016-04-30 UN Votes to Extend Mandate in Western Sahara
[Deutsche Welle] In a split vote, the United Nations Security Council has extended its peacekeeping mission in disputed Western Sahara for a year. It has also demanded its staff, expelled by Morocco last month, be allowed to return.

2016-04-30 Saharawi Ambassador Bids Farewell to Angolan Speaker
[ANGOP] Luanda -The National Assembly Speaker, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, talked Friday in Luanda, with the ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Malainine Sadik-Bachir, from whom he received farewell greetings.

2016-04-29 UN to Vote On Western Sahara Mandate
[Deutsche Welle] The UN Security Council is to vote on renewing a 25-year-old mission in Western Sahara, which recently plunged into crisis over remarks made by the Secretary General. Council members are divided.

2016-04-28 Add Rights Monitoring to UN Mission's Western Sahara Role - Rights Groups
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed territory of Western Sahara should be given an added mandate to monitor human rights, rights groups said, days before a U.N. vote on the mission's renewal.

2016-04-26 Morocco Walks Out of Addis Meeting Over W Sahara
[ISS] No issue divides the member states of the African Union (AU) like the dispute over Western Sahara. Also known as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), this partially recognised state is a member of the AU, represented by its government in exile.

2016-04-27 Sahrawi Women to Get Behind the Wheel At New Driving School
[UNHCR] Tindouf, Algeria -When Mana Mustafa suddenly went into labor, getting to the hospital with her elder sister Ghalia was not a problem - a neighbor drove them. But getting home over the Sahara Desert to pick up some much-needed baby items was.

2016-04-27 Angola Promotes Arria Formula Meeting On Western Sahara
[ANGOP] New York -The UN Security Council is holding an informal meeting Tuesday on Arria Formula to address the Western Sahara issue, under the initiative of Angola.

2016-04-26 Western Sahara - Minurso's Mandate Must Be Extended to Human Rights - Euromed Rights
[Algerie Presse Service] Copenhagen -The President of the Euro-Mediteranean network of Human Rights (EuroMed Rights), Michel Tubiana called on, in a letter addressed 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 review of the human rights situation.

2016-04-20 UN Warns of 'Full Scale War' if Mission not Restored
[VOA] U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the Security Council to restore the full peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, warning of full-scale war if the mandate is not renewed.

2016-04-20 UN Chief Slams Morocco in Latest Report On Western Sahara
[Algerie Presse Service] NEW YORK -United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has severely criticized Morocco for its practices and statements against him, in his latest report on Western Sahara sent Monday to the Security Council, covering the situation on the ground and the progress made in the negotiation process to resolve the conflict.

2016-04-20 Western Sahara - AU Denounces Expulsion of Minurso Members From Morocco
[Algerie Presse Service] Addis -President of the African Union Commission (AU) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma denounced the expulsion by Morocco of members of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), stressing that Rabat's decision is a "dangerous precedent."

2016-04-21 Western Sahara - Polisario Front Reaffirms Commitment to Negotiating With Morocco
[Algerie Presse Service] New York -The Polisario Front reaffirmed Wednesday in New York its willing to engaging in negotiations with Morocco on the status of Western Sahara and expressed its concern over repetitive blockings from Morocco to undermine the UN political process.

2016-04-19 Ban Ki-Moon - It Is Time to Engage in 'Serious Negotiations' to Settle Western Sahara Conflict
[Algerie Presse Service] Washington -The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon affirmed Tuesday that "it is time to engage in serious negotiations" leading to the self-determination of the Western Sahara people.

2016-04-18 Demonstration of Sahrawi Nationals in Paris to Denounce Occupation, Claim Self-Determination
[Algerie Presse Service] Paris -Many Sahrawi nationals held Saturday in Paris a sit-in in Trocadero (Paris) near Morocco's embassy in France to denounce "oppression" exerted by Moroccan authorities on the Sahrawi people since 40 years.

2016-04-18 Security Council Has to Get Serious Over Western Sahara Issue
[Algerie Presse Service] Djanet (Illizi) -The head of the delegation of the Algerian National Committee for Solidarity with Saharawi People in Djanet (province of Illizi), Boudjemaa Souileh, urged Sunday the UN Security Council to get serious about Western Sahara issue, stressing that it is first and foremost a matter of "peace and security in the region."

2016-04-18 Western Sahara Conflict - Regional Conference in Djanet On Related Security, Political Challenges
[Algerie Presse Service] Djanet -A regional conference on Western Sahara conflict will open Sunday in Djanet (Illizi, 1850-km southeast of Algiers) to address the security and political challenges related to the conflict and means to strengthen the internal front against these challenges.

2016-04-15 Western Sahara's Moment in the Sun
[IRIN] Jerusalem -How the UN chief waded into a forgotten conflict with no end in sight

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