Monthly Archives: March 2016

UN official: Western Sahara mission threatened with closure

Edith Lederer, US Federal News Radio,  March 23, 2016 7:57 pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. official warned Wednesday that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara will have to shut down unless Morocco reverses its unprecedented expulsion order.
The official, who is familiar with the latest controversy over Western Sahara, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants the Security Council to take action to protect the U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MINURSO….(cont.)


UN Press Briefing: Western Sahara

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 23 March 2016

“Western Sahara:  First off:  an update on Western Sahara.

We have sent a note verbale to Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in reply to the note verbale sent by the Government of Morocco on 16 March.
The note makes clear that we are deeply concerned that the recent actions taken by the Government of Morocco are contrary to Morocco’s legal obligations as agreed under the Status of Mission Agreement for the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).  That agreement includes a legal obligation for Morocco to ensure ….(cont.) ”


Security Council response needed in Western Sahara crisis: U.N. official

By Louis Charbonneau, Reuters, Canada

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council must act to ensure Morocco’s decision to expel personnel from a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed territory of Western Sahara does not set a bad precedent for other missions, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.
The controversy over U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s use of the word “occupation” ….(cont.)


UN calls bodies to boycott Crans Montana Forum in occupied Dakhla

7c8bcd9c2431012f9c48a2157a16ebf7_XLAlgeria Press Service, 14 February 2016

NEW YORK-The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Saturday called on all officials and UN bodies not to participate in the Crans Montana Forum, scheduled for March in the occupied city of Dakhla, Western Sahara.
The Saharawi President and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Abdelaziz, recently sent a letter to Ban Ki-moon, deplored the decision of the board of the Crans Montana Forum to hold its next edition in the occupied city of Dakhla. (cont.)


Louise Gronkjaer reports on a bizarre conference staged by the king of Morocco as a PR exercise

 Welcome to Dakhla – the pearl of the southern region of Morocco Philippe Maton/Flickr

Welcome to Dakhla – the pearl of the southern region of Morocco
Philippe Maton/Flickr

April 2015 – On Business Class to an Occupied City in the Desert

Louise Gronkjaer writes “A brand new conference hall in the middle of the desert. Hundreds of security guards to patrol every sand dune. And absolutely no good reasons to justify that the Moroccan king has spent thousands to fly me in. So why am I in Dakhla? …(cont.)”

Report on Dakhla conference >>

Western Sahara republic declares its exact Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

sadr_eez_610WSRW, Western Sahara Resource Watch, 6 March 2016

Upon the visit of the UN Secretary-General to the Saharawi refugee camps yesterday, the SADR Government deposited with Ban Ki-Moon – as the depositary of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea – the coordinates and charts of its exact EEZ claims.
“The coordinates and charts showing the EEZ outer limits will now be communicated to all UN member states trough their Permanent Missions in New York”, stated Frente Polisario in a press release.

WSRW report >>

Ban Ki-moon rejects Morocco criticism after Sahrawi refugees visit

1024x576_326695AfricaNews. 10/03 – 08:16

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday rejected Morocco’s criticism after his visit to the region to restart talks between Rabat and the Polisario Front over Western Sahara, claiming that his goal remained a priority. Mr. Ban visited Mauritania and a Sahrawi refugees camp in Algeria last week in the hope of shifting positions on the conflict that has lasted four decades.

Article in AfricaNews. >>

See also Yahoo!News report >>