Australian Associated Press
CANBERRA, May 8 AAP – A film producer working with two Australian journalists in north Africa says reports the pair were held against their will by separatist rebels are incorrect.
“They absolutely refute the stories that have appeared in the press about supposed kidnapping by the Polisario Front officials,” Mr Zubrycki said in a statement.
The Moroccan state news agency named the Australians as Daniel Fallshow and Violeta Ayala.
The Guardian (UK)
Ian Williams, May 1, 2007 7:30 PM
“When it comes to Western Sahara, America’s Africa policy is so bad you’d think it was dealing with an imaginary country from a Groucho Marx movie.
Not many people have heard of the Western Sahara dispute and most congressmen could not tell it from Freedonia – until the lobbyists came a-knocking…..”
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Mhamed Khadad, Coordinator of the Frente POLISARIO with the MINURSO, New York, 30 April 2007 stated:
“By adopting unanimously its resolution on Western Sahara, the UN Security Council has solemnly established the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination as the cornerstone…..
United Nations Security Council SC/9007 30 April 2007
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Security Council 5669th Meeting (AM)
SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN WESTERN SAHARA UNTIL 31 OCTOBER, UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTING RESOLUTION 1754 (2007)
The Security Council decided today to extend the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 31 October 2007.
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On 16 May Jake Jackson from Perth local radio station, 990am information radio will conduct an interview with Kamal Fadel, the Polisario representative for Western Sahara in Australia. Kamal Fadel is involved in negotiations with oil companies over contracts to explore Western Saharan off-shore oil deposits.
The interview will focus on the problems facing the Saharawis, as well as the role that Australian based companies such as Wesfarmers have played in overriding the Saharawi’s right to protect their natural resources from Moroccan exploitation.