See also:
» 11.10.2010 - Sahrawis awake to government opposition
» 01.07.2010 - EU considers Western Sahara fisheries legal
» 17.05.2010 - PR company takes honour for Western Sahara "success"
» 13.05.2010 - Western Sahara "not part of EFTA-Morocco free trade"
» 14.04.2010 - Sahrawis fed up with UN chief
» 11.02.2010 - Morocco-Polisario revive talks
» 03.02.2010 - New talks on Western Sahara in US
» 29.01.2010 - Ease restrictions on Sahrawi - HRW

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Western Sahara
Politics | Society

Allow Sahrawis self determination – UN envoy

afrol News, 23 February - The United Nation's new envoy to the Western Sahara has maintained the Saharawi people's right to self-determination, a position that analysts fear could complicate negotiations with Morocco.

Morocco which has annexed Western Sahara territory since 1976 has been a cause for concern and a feud on its neighbours and the country's main militant group, Polissario which claims to be fighting for its independence from Morocco.

The envoy Christopher Ross who is in Tindouf about 2,000 kilometers southwest of Algiers said his mission in north Africa is to revive negotiations between Polisario Front and Morocco for a solution allowing the Sahrawi people's right to self-determination.

Talks between Morocco and the Polisario independence movement have stalled for nearly a year since Morocco backtracked on the UN plan for a referendum to determine Western Sahara's future.

"I am in Tindouf to inquire about Polisario Front position and its view on the modalities to be implemented to progress in the UN-brokered negotiations, in a series of decisions, for a mutually acceptable solution which takes into account the Sahrawi people's right to self-determination," Mr Ross said.

The Sahrawi leadership has in the past expressed disappointment with the UN which in 1991 reached a ceasefire agreement between Polisartio and Morocco and was to organise a referendum over independence of the Sahrawi citizens.

However, the UN never managed to organise such a referendum due to Morocco's wrecking of the process, and during the last few years, with the UN mediators having strayed from the original ceasefire agreement.

Morocco wants to reopen talks with the condition that they focus only on its autonomy plan, not a referendum. The referendum plan included in the cease-fire deal that never took place because the two sides cannot agree on voting lists.

Morocco wants to include the 100,000 settlers it brought to Western Sahara, while the Polisario wants to count only the original residents and the 160,000 Saharawi refugees now living in camps near Algeria.

- Create an e-mail alert for Western Sahara news
- Create an e-mail alert for Politics news
- Create an e-mail alert for Society news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at