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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

09 Jan 2018 description

SG/SM/18849
6 JANVIER 2018

La déclaration suivante a été communiquée aujourd’hui par le Porte-parole de M. António Guterres, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:

Le Secrétaire général est profondément préoccupé par le regain récent de tensions dans les environs de Guerguerat, dans la zone tampon au sud du Sahara occidental, entre la butte marocaine et la frontière mauritanienne.

08 Jan 2018 description

SG/SM/18849

6 JANUARY 2018

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

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about recent increased tensions in the vicinity of Guerguerat in the Buffer Strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border.

06 Jan 2018 description
report UN Radio

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Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies s'est dit profondément préoccupé samedi par les récentes escalade des tensions dans les environs de Guerguerat, dans la zone tampon du sud du Sahara occidental, entre la berme marocaine et la frontière mauritanienne.

06 Jan 2018 description
report UN News Service

6 January 2018 – Deeply concerned over rising tensions near Guerguerat in the buffer strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday called for maximum restraint in the area.

29 Nov 2017 description
report Tufts University

This report describes a relatively unknown humanitarian program that has addressed one of the saddest aspects of displacement – the separation of families. Between 2004 and 2014, UNHCR’s Confidence Building Measures (CBM) program helped more than 20,000 refugees in the Tindouf desert camps of Algeria to visit their families in Western Sahara, from whom they’d been separated since the conflict in Western Sahara began (late 1970s). The CBM program was brought to a halt by politics, but the report suggests that the time is right for this ‘humanitarian bridge’ to be re-opened.

11 Oct 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

CPSD/638
10 OCTOBRE 2017

La Quatrième Commission chargée des questions politiques et de la décolonisation s’est félicitée aujourd’hui de ce que les parties au Sahara occidental se soient engagées à continuer de faire preuve de volonté politique et de travailler dans une atmosphère propice au dialogue.  Outre ce projet de résolution, la Commission en a adopté 17 autres également par consensus sur les territoires non autonomes.

11 Oct 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SPD/638

GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-SECOND SESSION, 9TH MEETING (AM)

Concluding its consideration of decolonization questions today, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) approved 19 draft resolutions for adoption by the General Assembly, 5 of them by recorded vote.

09 Oct 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

CPSD/636 6 octobre 2017

La Quatrième Commission chargée des questions politiques spéciales et de la décolonisation a poursuivi, aujourd’hui, son examen de la question du Sahara occidental, l’occasion pour de nombreuses délégations d’Afrique de mettre l’accent sur l’urgence de trouver une solution au conflit, afin d’« éviter la balkanisation du continent ».

09 Oct 2017 description

Inside this Issue

  • MINURSO Force Commander Interview 2

  • SWEDEN and UN Peacekeeping 3

  • Currculum vitae Deputy Force Commander 3

  • Obituary Maj TOURÉ (GUINEA) 4

  • Conduct and Discipline 4

  • MINURSO Conduct and Discipline 5

  • UNTSO — Brothers in Arms 6

  • MINURSO Parades and Trainings 7

  • Change of Commands 8

  • Tips 9

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