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19 Apr 2011 description

Laayoune - Twelve Sahrawi families benefited, on Friday, from a new family visit flights led by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Under this programme, members of Sahrawi families living in the Moroccan southern provinces visit their relatives in the Tindouf camps in south-western Algeria, and vice-versa.

29 Mar 2011 description

Laayoune - Eleven Sahrawi families benefited, on Friday, from a new family visit flights led by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Under this programme, family members living in the Moroccan southern provinces visit their relatives in the Tindouf camps in south-western Algeria, and vice-versa.

The new visit exchange, the eleventh in 2011, benefited 62 people from 11 families.

11 Feb 2011 description

Laayoune - The UNHRC-facilitated family visits exchange operation between the Tindouf camps (Algeria's south) and Morocco's southern provinces, continued, on Friday, as the fifth trip in 2011 was organized from and to the provinces of Oued Eddahab and Aousserd.

The new exchange included 48 beneficiaries, including 15 children and 21 women, belonging to thirteen families, said a statement of the Moroccan coordination office with MINURSO.

Eighteen people belonging to five families from the province of Oued Eddahab embarked Friday morning aboard a UN aircraft at the airport of …

06 Jan 2011 description

Laayoune - The family visits exchange operation between Morocco's southern provinces and the Tindouf camps (Algeria's south-west) will be resume on Friday after a nearly ten-month suspension.

A statement of the MINURSO liaison office said that this operation, which is carried out under the auspices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), will benefit 63 people, including 11 children and 25 women belonging to 11 families and take place between Laayoune (Morocco's south) and the so-called "Essmara" camp in Tindouf.

The statement called on the …

15 Nov 2009 description

Rabat - Morocco fully rejects the allegations made by certain foreign media outlets and NGOs, which rushed to truth distortion by reporting on the so called "arrest", "pressure", or "coercion" that Aminatou Haidar would have underwent to "in violation of the international law," Moroccan Foreign minister, Taib Fassi Fihri said on Saturday.

"Having refused to comply with normal airport formalities, Aminatou Haidar was held, without any prejudice to her moral of physical integrity, in the international zone of Hassan 1st airport in …

28 Sep 2009 description

Geneva - Morocco called Monday on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR) to resettle, in line with its mandate, the population sequestered in the Camps of Tindouf (South Western Algeria) in third countries.

Due to the current human blockade, Morocco would like to ask the HCR to take the necessary measures to implement this solution and inform the populations of the Tindouf Camps about their right to leave these camps and freely choose to resettle in a third country, said Morocco's Ambassador and Permanent Representative at the UN Office in Geneva, Omar …

12 Sep 2009 description

Rabat - Morocco has requested the input of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to change the status quo in the Polisario-run Tindouf camps.

The remarks were given Friday by Foreign Minister, Taib Fassi Fihri at a joint press conference with the high commissioner for refugees, Antonio Guterres, on a visit in the north African country.

03 Aug 2009 description

New York - Delegations of the parties to the Sahara dispute and the neighbouring countries (Algeria and Mauritania) will hold informal meetings on August 10-11 in Austria, a spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General announced on Monday.

The spokesperson told MAP the informal meetings will be held at the invitation of the Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Mr Christopher Ross, with the unanimous support of the UN Security Council.

The source added that these meetings are intended to give fresh momentum to the negotiation process called for by the Security Council, …

17 Jun 2009 description

Rabat - Moroccan Foreign Minister, Taib Fassi Fihri, said, on Tuesday, that Morocco is ready to promote its relations with Algeria to make progress towards a solution to the Sahara issue, under the aegis of the United Nations.

The minister told Al-Zazeera satellite TV channel that Morocco put forward a proposal to distinguish between the Sahara issue, to which it endeavours to reach a UN-sponsored solution, and the development of relations with Algeria.

He deplored the fact that the Algerian government, which denies a link between the two issues, has over the past months put …

18 Apr 2009 description

Laâyoune - The leaders of Sahrawi tribes denounced Friday the entry of about 1,400 people, including foreigners supervised by the Algeria-backed Polisario separatists and in possession of individual weapons and mine detection equipments, into the buffer zone in the Sahara.

The entry of these people, supervised also by Algerian elements, on board of jeeps and lorries, is a breach of the UN-sponsored cease-fire agreement, the Sahrawi leaders said in a statement.

The leaders called on the international community and human rights organizations to interfere in order to set free the people …

04 Apr 2008 description

Washington, Apr.4 - Minister of Social Development, Family and Solidarity, Nouzha Skalli, on Thursday, held talks with several officials of U.S. State Department, to whom she unveiled the tragic humanitarian situation prevailing in the Polisario-run camps of Tindouf, southwestern Algeria.

During her meetings, notably with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Erica J. Barks-Ruggles, and US Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Kent Patton, Mrs.