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 Van Walsum should convince Algerian, Polisario leaders to give up 'blockade attitude', expert  2/12/2008

The personal Envoy of the United nations Secretary General for the Sahara, peter Van Walsum who is currently visiting the Maghreb region (Feb.6-14), should convince the Polisario leaders and their Algerian backers to give up n their "blockade attitude," Director of the Paris-based Observatory of geopolitical studies (OEG) affirmed on Monday. Mr.Peter Van Walsum should convince the other parties involved [in the Sahara issue] – Algerian and Polisario leaders- to abandon the "blockade attitude" and show wisdom to go forth in the process of negotiations," Charles Saint Prot said in an interview with MAP


 Arab Parties’ Congress calls for speeding up the settlement of the Sahara issue   2/11/2008

The Arab Parties’ Congress called Saturday in Rabat, for the speeding up of the settlement of the Sahara issue, in order to serve the supreme interests of the Maghreb region peoples and protect the region against fragmentation risks and disintegration. 
In their final communiqué, at the end of that session, held under the theme "Advocating for Gaza", the participants in the 45th session of the Congress stressed that Morocco was fully entitled to the recovery of its two cities Sebta and Mellilia and its occupied islands.  


 Morocco's sovereignty over Sahara not negotiable, political leaders tell UN envoy  2/8/2008

 Moroccan political parties leaders on Thursday made it clear that Morocco's sovereignty over its Southern provinces, the Sahara, is not negotiable, stressing however the North African country's commitment to pursue peace talks with the Polisario in a bid to end the 32-year old dispute over the former Spanish colony.


 HR breaches in Tindouf should be 'at the core' of Sahara negotiations, US NGO   2/7/2008
The California based American Council for Moroccan POW's (ACMP) affirmed on Monday that the human rights' breaches perpetrated over thirty years in the Tindouf camps, south-western Algeria, should be at the core of negotiations, stressing that responsibility of such abuse should be clearly established. In a letter addressed to the Secretary General's Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Peter Van Walsum on the eve of his visit to the Maghreb region (from February 6 to February 14), the US NGO stressed that "responsibility for these violations must be clearly and legally   

 China reiterates support for all initiatives aimed at finding peaceful solution  2/6/2008

The Chinese Director General of the Department of West Asian and  North African Affairs in the Chinese Foreign Ministry reaffirmed his country's full support to "any useful actions and initiatives" aimed at reaching a "peaceful and rapid" solution to the Sahara dispute, a solution that enjoys the approval of the parties concerned. In an interview with the Egyptian news agency MENA, released on Tuesday, the Chinese official said his country's "position of principles" with regard to the Sahara issue "is based on the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council" pertaining to this subject.


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