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Morocco expects of Angola neutrality in Western Sahara conflict

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:38
Morocco has made another stride in its rapprochement with Angola, one of the 13 Anglophone countries in Southern Africa that still recognize the so-called Sahrawi republic “SADR” and support the independence claims of the Algeria-backed Polisario Front. The two countries, which severed relations 20 years ago, have resumed contact in high gear, with the signing […]

Moroccan Phosphate: Polisario’s action dismissed by Panama Justice

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:33
The Panamanian Justice rejected a request by the Polisario for the seizure in the Panama Canal of a cargo of Moroccan phosphates onboard Ultra Innovation ship. The cargo, loaded in the port of Laayoune, was to be delivered in Vancouver, Canada. After it was forcibly anchored for a few days, the boat had been allowed […]

Western Sahara: Algeria suffers two setbacks at the UN in the course of a single day

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 12:16
Algeria suffered two setbacks at the United Nations in New York, in the course of a single day, while its Moroccan neighbor was granted two key positions by the UN General Assembly. Despite the offensive by Algerian diplomats and their use of unorthodox means, Morocco won with flying colors the positions of Vice-President of the […]

Sahara: Algiers, the Polisario jump on everything to score points but only glean failures

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:38
The Polisario Front and its Algerian mentor have tried every manoeuver in an attempt to score even the least points in their struggle against Morocco around its Sahara, but they only gleaned a succession of failures. After they conceded with bitterness their failures on the diplomatic level in the UN, Africa and Europe, not to […]

UN-Sahara: Algerian official attacks physically a Moroccan diplomat

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:09
The Sahara issue continues to poison relations between Algeria and Morocco, to the extent that an Algerian official has physically assaulted a Moroccan diplomat during a meeting of a UN body held Thursday (May 18) in St. Lucia. Soufiane Mimouni, Director General of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, assaulted the Deputy Chief of Morocco’s […]

France-Legislatives: Candidate Leila Aïchi’s support for the Polisario comes at a high price

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 16:39
The French-Algerian senator, Leïla Aïchi, has paid a high price for her support for the Polisario, as her name disappeared, on Wednesday, from the final list of candidates of “La République en marche!” (LREM) for the June legislative elections in France. The candidacy of Leila Aïchi, who has been listed by MoDem of François Bayrou […]

Western Sahara: Algeria and the Polisario angered by Washington’s pro-Morocco stand

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:38
Algeria and the Polisario are finding it difficult to conceal their resentment at the stance expressed lately by Donald Trump’s administration regarding the Moroccan Sahara conflict. The separatists and their mentors were hoping to see the new US administration adopt a stand on this issue favorable to their theses, but they were bitterly disappointed. While […]

Malawi exacerbates Polisario’s troubles

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 00:47
Malawi has exacerbated the Polisario’s diplomatic troubles when it announced Friday its decision to withdraw its recognition of the SADR, the so-called Sahrawi republic, self-proclaimed by the Algeria-backed separatist front. Malawi is thus the 35th African country to withdraw its recognition of the SADR that is not recognized by the UN nor by any major […]

UN-Sahara: After Guerguarate, will the Polisario be ordered to leave other buffer zones?

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 20:58
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted on Friday a new resolution on the Sahara, just hours after the Polisario withdrew from the buffer zone of Guerguarate, a locality at the Morocco-Mauritania border. Following the announcement of the in-extremis withdrawal of the Polisario from Gueguarate, the UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed resolution 2351, which extends […]

UN-Western Sahara: Security Council forces the Polisario out of Guerguerat

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:36
The Polisario Front was unable to stand up to the UN for a long time. Since the early hours of Friday, its armed elements, positioned in the buffer zone of Guerguerat, near Morocco’s border with Mauritania, started dismantling the makeshift check-ups they erected to block the truckers transiting between this Moroccan locality and northern Mauritania. […]

The re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba, a king’s masterstroke

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 18:09
The re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba is, on a number of counts, a new masterstroke by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, after his feat of arms that allowed his country’s triumphant return to the African Union (AU), commented a Western diplomat based in New York. The re-establishment of diplomatic ties between Rabat and Havana, after […]

Terrorism: Some 100 Polisario militiamen joined Daech

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:45
Polisario militiamen, exhausted by the precarious living conditions in the Tindouf camps, are increasingly attracted to terrorist organizations, particularly in the countries of the Sahel and Libya. No less than one hundred Polisario elements, well-trained in firearms handling, were recruited by the terrorist Daech group operating in the Sahel-Sahara region and in Libya, said the […]

Western Sahara: New UN Chief Calls Polisario, Algeria to Order

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:45
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was, in the annual report on Western Sahara he submitted, on Monday, to the appreciation of the 15 members of the Security Council, more pragmatic, balanced and unbiased, unlike his predecessor, the Korean Ban Ki-Moon. Not only did the UN chief summon the Polisario to “immediately and unconditionally” withdraw its armed […]

Sahara-UN: Security Council April Session Promises to Be Heated

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:59
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is scheduled to present his annual report on MINURSO and the latest developments in Western Sahara on Friday (April 7), while tension persists in the area. Tension erupted after the Polisario positioned its armed militiamen in the demilitarized buffer zone at the Moroccan border post of Guerguerate. According to the UN […]

Sahara: Polisario’s presence foils AU/ECA meeting in Dakar

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:46
A meeting of experts’ committees, jointly convened by the UN Economic  Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union (AU), was scheduled in Dakar on March 23-25, but it was postponed sine die last Saturday. The 10th Annual Conference of African Ministers of Finance and Planning, co-sponsored by the AU and the ECA, that was […]

Crans Montana Forum holds 3rd edition in Dakhla to the great displeasure of the Polisario

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 19:29
The Crans Montana Forum has kept its promise and opened on Friday its third edition in Dakhla in southern Morocco, despite the manoeuvers of the Polisario and Algerian leaders who failed in their attempt to prevent the holding of the Forum. More than a thousand participants, including heads of state, ministers, economic operators and NGOs […]

Situation in Tindouf Camps Becoming Explosive

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 19:54
Dozens of unruly Sahrawis staged a new protest march in the Tindouf camps, defying the military siege imposed on them by the Polisario and the Algerian army. The armed militia sent to the scene of the protest were unable to disperse the demonstrators, who threw stones at them, as shown by the images taken at […]