The 44th Australian Labor Party National Conference was held in Sydney on 27-29 April 2007.
The Conference adopted the following resolution today (Sunday):
“Western Sahara. Labor supports the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and is concerned about human rights abuses in the occupied areas of Western Sahara.
By Patrick Worsnip
UNITED NATIONS, April 27 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council delayed a key vote on Western Sahara as members haggled on Friday over a resolution seeking to kick-start negotiations over the disputed northwest African territory, diplomats said.
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Jacob Mundy, Foreign Policy in Focus Report, April 24, 2007
In recent years, the Moroccan government has championed the idea of autonomy as a solution to its territorial dispute with pro-independence advocates over Western Sahara. Rabat has said it is willing to consider an autonomous, locally elected government in Western Sahara….
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The minister in charge of African and Maghreban affairs Mr. Abdelkader Messahel criticized France and USA stands as regards their impartiality in Morocco and Western Sahara conflict.
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London, 21/04/2007 (SPS) Polisario Front called on the British people and government, on Saturday, to make sure that their interests “in Western Sahara are dependent on a just and definitive solution to the Saharawi cause, conforming to the international legality and to the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination and independence”.
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Rabat, Apr. 13 – Morocco on Wednesday presented to the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, Morocco’s proposal dubbed “Moroccan Initiative For Negotiating An Autonomy Statute For The Sahara Region.”
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19 Apr 2007 15:55:00 GMT
WFP (World Food Programme) has welcomed a €1 million contribution from the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission (ECHO) to provide food aid to the vulnerable Western Saharan refugees in Algeria.
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UN Security Council will vote on 27 April.
New York (United Nations), 20/04/2007 (SPS) The UN Security Council starts on Friday at the seat of the UN in New York, the debate and study of the UN Secretary General’s report on Western Sahara, submitted to the Council on April the 13th, the UN’s press service indicated.
The documents being considered are the Polisario Front proposal, the Moroccan autonomy proposal, and the UN Secretary-General’s report on Western Sahara S/2007/202
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Reutuers (United Nations) 11 Apr 2007, By Patrick Worsnip
Morocco handed the United Nations on Wednesday a plan to resolve a
three-decade-old dispute over the Western Sahara, just a day after the territory’s independence movement submitted its own proposals.
PROPOSAL OF THE FRENTE POLISARIO FOR A MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE POLITICAL SOLUTION THAT PROVIDES FOR THE SELF-DETERMINATION OF THE PEOPLE OF WESTERN SAHARA (Official translation) [presented to UN Secretary General on April 10 2007]
Full text: http://www.arso.org/PropositionFP100407.htm (scroll to English version)