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 SG Personnel Envoy to visit region for 'in-depth consultations' over Sahara  2/5/2008

The Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Peter Van Walsum, starts a visit to the region from February 6 to February 14, UN spokesman, Michèle Montas said, on Monday.


 Seventeen Sahrawi families exchange new HCR-led family visits  2/4/2008

A new HCR-led family visit exchange was organized on Friday by the UN mission in the Sahara (MINURSO) between family members living in Morocco's Southern Provinces, The Sahara, and their relatives in the Polisario-run Tindouf camps, south-western Algeria.Thirty-four people from eight families from the southern province of Dakhla flew to the Tindouf camps in the morning, while thirty-three members of nine families traveled from these camps to Dakhla, in the 4th visit exchange since the beginning of 2008, a press release of the Moroccan Office of Coordination with MINURSO said.


 U.S. reiterates support to UN efforts to settle Sahara issue  1/31/2008

U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, reiterated on Wednesday the United States' firm support to the efforts of the United Nations Organization to settle the Sahara dispute between Morocco and the Algerian-backed separatist movement, The Polisario. During a meeting with Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister, Taieb Fassi Fihri, the two officials tackled the Sahara issue and the efforts of the UN aiming to find a solution to this issue, said State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, adding that Ms. Rice expressed, in this regard, her firm support and that of the US government to these efforts.


 Morocco's autonomy plan is 'coherent', Senegalese FM  1/30/2008

Senegalese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs described as"coherent" Morocco's proposal to grant substantial autonomy to its Southern Provinces, The Sahara, in a bid to solve the 32-year dispute between the north African country and the Algerian-backed separatist movement "Polisario" over the control of this land.  This "package proposal" is "the result of Morocco's tireless efforts," Cheikh Tidiane Gadio told MAP on the sidelines of the 12th Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, held on January 28-29 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


 Parties agreed to engage in more 'intensive, substantive phase of negotiations,' SG  1/29/2008

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said participants in the third round of Manhasset negotiations on the Sahara (January 7-9) concurred on the need for "a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations."


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