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06 Sep 2007 description
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DAKAR, 6 septembre 2007 (IRIN) - Le manque de financement pourrait entraîner une suspension des mesures de rétablissement de la confiance, dans le Sahara occidental, et l'arrêt, dès le mois d'octobre, des visites familiales et autres programmes humanitaires, a prévenu l'agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR).

" En janvier, le HCR avait lancé un appel de fonds de près 3,5 millions de dollars américains pour assurer la poursuite du programme de visites familiales et services téléphoniques mis en place en 2004 », a indiqué l'agence onusienne dans un …

05 Sep 2007 description
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DAKAR, 5 September 2007 (IRIN) - The United Nations refugee agency warns that donor shortfalls are threatening its confidence-building projects in the Western Sahara and that a family reunion programme and other such initiatives will close in October if donors do not step up funding.

"In January, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) appealed for nearly US$3.5 million to continue family visits and telephone services initiated in 2004," the UN said in a statement on 4 September.

01 May 2007 description
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NEW YORK, 1 May 2007 (IRIN) - The United Nations Security Council on Monday passed a resolution extending the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for six months, but there will be no immediate change on the ground in the divided region despite growing political momentum between the two sides to resolve differences.

The Security Council's resolution noted "serious and credible" efforts to end the 30 year-old dispute, and to move on from a three-year political impasse during which there has been little progress in peace negotiations.

The …

26 Apr 2007 description
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LAAYOUNE, 26 April 2007 (IRIN) - A 30 year-old political deadlock in Western Sahara is on the Security Council's agenda this week, but for aid workers working to help civilians caught in the middle, politics is the last thing to be discussed.

"This is a 100 percent pure humanitarian mission," Alessandra Morelli of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) told IRIN from her office in Laayoune, perched on the northern edge of the Sahara desert, in an interview earlier this year.

Indeed, the first thing every visitor to Morelli's office learns is there can be no talk …