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22 Aug 2018 description

At its 31st summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania the African Union (AU) decided to limit its own peace efforts in the Western Sahara in order to support the process led by the United Nations (UN). This support will be through a troika of heads of state, together with the AU Commission (AUC) chairperson. The move is a big win for Morocco, which believes the AU-led efforts are biased. However, it could set a precedent for other AU member states that disapprove of AU interventions.

14 Aug 2018 description

FACTS & FIGURES

Around 174 000 refugees (UNHCR) 90 000 vulnerable refugees targeted by the EU humanitarian assistance

5 camps in the south-west of the Algerian desert

Total EU humanitarian funding: €240 million since 1993

Introduction

07 Aug 2018 description

On 8 August, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy to Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, is expected to brief Security Council members in closed consultations. No Council product appears planned, with the exception of possible press elements.

01 Aug 2018 description

Global Overview JULY 2018

16 Jul 2018 description

ALGIERS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received a contribution of dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia worth US$1.5 million to support refugees residing in camps in Algeria.

For several years, Saudi Arabia has donated dates – which enhance the nutritional value of WFP food assistance – for distribution in refugee camps in Algeria. The most recent contribution of more than 700 metric tons is three times larger than contributions made in previous years, and comes at a critical time when monthly food assistance has been reduced.

03 Jul 2018 description
report United Nations

Laayouune

After visits to Algiers, Nouakchott, Rabuni and Rabat, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, former German President Horst Koehler, paid a three day visit to Western Sahara from 28 June to 1 July which included meetings in Laayoune, Smara and Dakhla.

02 Jul 2018 description

Global Overview JUNE 2018

24 Jun 2018 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 24 June 2018: As part of his consultative missions in the region, as well as the preparation of the African Union Summit scheduled in Nouakchott on 1 and 2 July, the Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, travelled to Tindouf, to meet with the authorities of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, from 19 to 21 June 2018. He was received by President Brahim Ghali, with whom he had an in-depth exchange of views. He also met with Foreign Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Salek.

15 Jun 2018 description

As a leading global humanitarian donor, the European Union is at the forefront of identifying and intervening in crises that have escaped international attention. These so-called 'forgotten crises' have persisted, yet despite significant humanitarian needs they receive insufficient international aid.

14 Jun 2018 description

After leaving Western Sahara 40 years ago, Mbareka and her small family face a daily struggle to survive in an Algerian desert camp

By Russell Fraser in Smara Camp, Tindouf, Algeria | 14 June 2018

Arabic version

When Mbareka fled the violence of the Western Sahara War with her family as a young girl in 1975, she could never have imagined that she would become a grandmother while in exile.

01 Jun 2018 description

Global Overview MAY 2018

20 May 2018 description

G/SM/19043

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is closely following the developments in Western Sahara. In accordance with Security Council resolution 2414 (2018) adopted on 27 April, and in order to maintain an environment conducive to the resumption of dialogue under the auspices of his Personal Envoy, Horst Köhler, the Secretary-General calls for maximum restraint. No action should be taken which may constitute a change to the status quo.

02 May 2018 description

Global Overview APRIL 2018

30 Apr 2018 description

Esto dijo a la Agencia de Prensa IPC la presidenta de la asociación humanitaria Doctora Beituha, que apoya a mujeres saharauis afectadas por el conflicto entre Sahara Occidental y Marruecos.

“Tiene que haber una unión entre todas las mujeres, en todos los territorios de Colombia, que se coordinen entre ellas y que lleven a cabo actividades de sensibilización para que no se vuelva a la guerra”. De esa forma lo expresó Raabub Mohamed Lamin, sobreviviente de la guerra entre Sahara y Marruecos, y presidenta de la asociación humanitaria Doctora Beituha.

29 Apr 2018 description
report UN Security Council

CS/13321

Conseil de sécurité
8246e séance – après-midi

Le Conseil de sécurité a, cet après-midi, prorogé jusqu’au 31 octobre 2018, soit six mois au lieu d’un an habituellement, le mandat de la Mission des Nations Unies pour l’organisation d’un référendum au Sahara occidental (MINURSO), déployée en septembre 1991 afin d’y surveiller le cessez-le-feu et d’organiser un référendum qui permettrait aux habitants de décider du futur statut de ce territoire.

27 Apr 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13321

SECURITY COUNCIL
8246TH MEETING (PM)

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 31 October 2018, calling for a “realistic, practicable and enduring” political solution to end the decades‑old conflict.

25 Apr 2018 description

Refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, have long been run by the Polisario movement, which seeks an independent state in Western Sahara, also claimed by Morocco. But a new generation of Sahrawi refugees is growing fractious as aid dwindles and diplomatic efforts fail to deliver a settlement.

Hannah Armstrong

19 Apr 2018 description

Answering a couple of questions that were raised by various people in this room on Western Sahara: First, I can say that neither Bir Lahlou nor Tifariti fall within the buffer strip.