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 Sheikhs from the Guelmim-Smara region satisfied with Walsum’s statements   4/24/2008

Sheikhs and notables from Saharan tribes in the region of Guelmim-Smara expressed their satisfaction following statements by the personal representative of UN Secretary-General, Mr. Peter Van Walsum who submitted his report on the Sahara issue to the Security Council in which he says that the independence of the Sahara "is not a realistic option". In a statement to the MAP, M. Mohamed Ould Sid Bashir, a member of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs (CORCAS), said that although it is not a surprise, Walsum’s statements go in the right direction, adopted by major world powers. 


 Walsum has capacity as UN facilitator to present suggestions to end Sahara impasse, UN spokesperson  4/23/2008

Spokesperson for the United Nations, Michele Montas said the UNSG Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Peter van Walsum has the capacity as UN facilitator, to present suggestions to get the 32-year-old Sahara issue out of the current impasse.


 "An independent Western Sahara is not an attainable goal,"   4/22/2008

  Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Sahara, Peter Van Walsum, said on Monday, calling on the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to recommend to the parties involved in the dispute to resume negotiations and take into account the political and international reality.


 Late Bourguiba considered the Sahara issue "an artificial problem"   4/21/2008

 The former President of Tunisia, late Habib Bourguiba, considered the dispute created around the Sahara issue as "an artificial problem," said former Tunisian Minister of the Interior, Mr. Taher Belkhouja. In a testimony published daily by the Tunisian newspaper "Al-chourouq" covering relationships between three Maghreb countries (Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria), Mr. Belkhouja said that Algeria has sought "to impose and reinforce such an entity" after the creation of the Polisario Front and its location on Algerian soil. Since then, Algeria "has consistently campaigning for the organization and recognition of a fake political entity," he added, noting that Morocco "has always worked to cope with these developments"


 Mr. Benmoussa: autonomy initiative allows getting the Sahara issue out of stagnation   4/21/2008

"Everyone is more than ever convinced that it is impossible to reach a final settlement of the Sahara issue without Algeria's support to the ongoing negotiations process," the Minister of Interior said on Saturday.


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