Western Sahara
  • Security Council extends mandate of UN peace mission in Western Sahara by six months
    01 november 2018 04:34:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council, on Wednesday, extended the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), until 30 April next year, a UN statement said. Full text...
  • Security Council renews UN mission in Western Sahara
    30 april 2018 04:45:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council has extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara until 31 October 2018, calling for a “realistic, practicable and enduring” political solution to end the decades‑old conflict. Full text...
  • Western Sahara: UN chief urges easing of tensions in Guerguerat area
    07 january 2018 11:46:37
    Smara, Western Sahara (PANA) - Deeply concerned over rising tensions near Guerguerat in the buffer strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Saturday called for maximum restraint in the area. Full text...
  • US: Guterres appoints former German President Köhler as Western Sahara envoy
    16 august 2017 20:15:57
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Wednesday the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. Full text...
  • Morocco: 23 Sahrawi activists convicted for deadly 2010 Western Sahara clashes
    20 july 2017 11:56:28
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - A Moroccan court has convicted 23 Sahrawi activists over deadly clashes in Western Sahara after failing to exclude evidence tainted by allegations of torture during the trial hearings, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Full text...
  • UN: UN welcomes withdrawal of Polisario Front from Guerguerat area
    29 april 2017 05:47:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations on Friday hailed the withdrawal of all Polisario Front elements from the Guerguerat area, between the berm and the border with Mauritania, as confirmed by observers of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), on 27-28 April. Full text...
  • Tunisia: UN peacekeepers in Western Sahara urged to monitor human rights
    19 april 2017 10:49:23
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The UN must prioritise human rights monitoring for the situation in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara and Sahrawi refugee camps across the border in Tindouf, Algeria, human rights watchdog Amnesty International has urged ahead of a Security Council vote next week on 27 April to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping presence in the area. Full text...
  • Ethiopia: AU to reopen office in Western Sahara
    23 march 2017 17:16:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing concern that all efforts aimed at finding a solution to the conflict in Western Sahara have so far failed to achieve the expected results, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has requested the AU Commission to immediately reopen the AU Office in Laayoune, the largest city of the disputed territory. Full text...
  • US: UN chief urges Morocco, Polisario Front to de-escalate tensions in buffer strip
    26 february 2017 12:03:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Deeply concerned about increased tensions in the vicinity of 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 on Morocco and Frente Polisario to “take all necessary steps” to avoid escalation.Full text...
  • Nigeria: Buhari receives credentials of South Sudan, SADR ambassadors
    28 november 2016 19:53:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received in Abuja credentials of two new ambassadors to Nigeria from South Sudan and Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.Full text...
  • UN: Western Saharan refugees face food shortage - UN agencies
    02 november 2016 18:23:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Three UN agencies operating in Algeria on Wednesday appealed for continued donor support for refugees from Western Sahara, warning that insufficient funding makes imminent a cut in basic food rations. Full text...
  • UN: UN peacekeeping chief pushes for ceasefire in Western Sahara
    20 october 2016 14:27:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous will on 21 to 25 October embarked on a diplomatic mission to Morocco, Western Sahara and Tindouf in Algeria, in an effort to foster a peaceful resolution of the Western Sahara dispute. Full text...
  • Ethiopia: AU calls for resumption of talks on Western Sahara referendum
    05 september 2016 17:55:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday urged Morocco and the Polisario Front "to create the necessary environment for the resumption of talks and the early holding of the self-determination referendum for the Saharawi people."Full text...
  • UN: UN chief worried over tension in south-western Western Sahara
    29 august 2016 13:38:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has said he is deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in south-western Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border as a result of changes in the status quo and the introduction of armed units from Morocco and the Polisario Front in close proximity to each other.Full text...
  • Rwanda: SADR president visits Rwanda genocide memorial
    19 july 2016 16:56:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - President Brahim Ghali of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) on Tuesday visited Rwanda's memorial site for the 1994 genocide victims in Kigali and hailed the country's leadership for upholding national unity and reconciliation to create a better future.Full text...
  • UN: UN chief saddened by death of Polisario Front leader
    01 june 2016 22:04:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his sadness Full text...
  • Ethiopia: AU mourns death of Saharawi President Mohamed Abdelaziz
    31 may 2016 19:35:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Abdelaziz passed on Tuesday, the Saharawi leadership officially announced. Full text...
  • US: US supports UN Security Council resolution on Western Sahara
    30 april 2016 05:56:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The United States has thrown its weight behind UN Security Council's adoption of the resolution on Friday renewing the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, MINURSO, for another year. Full text...
  • UN: Security Council extends UN mission in Western Sahara mandate
    29 april 2016 20:16:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution extending Full text...
  • UN: Amnesty Int'l tasks UN on human rights in Western Sahara refugee camps
    26 april 2016 16:01:02
    New York, US (PANA) - International human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, said human rights monitoring by the UN must be at the forefront of discussions this week over the future of its presence in Western Sahara and Sahrawi refugee camps.Full text...
  • Tanzania: Oxfam calls for urgent return to all-party talks on Western Sahara
    30 march 2016 09:49:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Global aid agency Oxfam has called on governments to reaffirm the role and peacekeeping mandate of the United Nations in Western Sahara and to encourage all parties to urgently return to the negotiating table. Full text...
  • Senegal: Saharawi Republic marks 40th anniversary
    26 february 2016 18:07:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) will Saturday celebrate the 40th anniversary of its proclamation of independence with festivities to be held at Tindouf in Algeria.Full text...
  • UN: UN chief reiterates call for true negotiations to settle Western Sahara conflict
    05 november 2015 16:57:06
    New York, US (PANA) - As the conflict over the future of Western Sahara nears its fortieth year, Full text...
  • UN: Family visit flights resumed in Western Sahara
    17 april 2014 22:11:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Thursday that following many months of suspension, family visit flights between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara has resumed.Full text...
  • Ethiopia/AU: Angola wants AU to give priority attention to Western Sahara
    31 january 2014 16:17:08
    Addis Ababa, Éthiopia (PANA) – The Western Sahara issue, especially the achievement of its self determination, should be taken as a priority on the agenda of the African Union (AU), according to the Angolan Vice President, Manuel Domingos Vicente, who is attending the Summit of African leaders in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...
  • Ban appoints German to head UN Mission on Western Sahara
    16 june 2012 17:26:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber of Germany as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). Full text...
  • UN: Morocco ready to resolve Western Sahara dispute
    28 september 2011 15:44:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Morocco on Wednesday in New York reiterated it readiness to intensify talks to resolve the dispute over the Western Sahara on the basis of autonomy. Full text...
  • UN-backed talks on Western Sahara open in New York next week
    14 july 2011 20:28:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN-backed informal talks between the parties to the Western Sahara dispute, Morocco and the Frente Polisario (Polisario Front), would be held next week in New York, the UN announced on Thursday. Full text...
  • UN-backed talks on Western Sahara deadlocked again
    08 june 2011 14:51:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Representatives of the parties to the Western Sahara dispute, Morocco and the Polisario Front on Tuesday in New York ended another round of talks in a deadlock. Full text...
  • UN-backed talks on Western Sahara hold 5-7 June in New York (Corrected)
    27 may 2011 19:48:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The seventh round of UN-backed informal talks between the parties to the conflict in Western Sahara will be held in New York next month, the UN announced on Friday. Full text...
  • UN-backed talks on Western Sahara holds 5-7 June in New York
    27 may 2011 19:45:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The seventh round of UN-backed informal talks between the parties to the conflict in Western Sahara will be held in New York next month, the UN announced on Friday.Full text...
  • Morocco, Polisario to resume talks in US June
    13 may 2011 16:36:53
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Taib Fassi Fihri, has announced that talks between his country and the Frente Polisario on Western Sahara will resume early June in the US. Full text...
  • UN chief expresses concern over deadlock on W/Sahara talks
    19 april 2011 18:34:28
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday expressed concern over the lack of progress in the UN-backed negotiations by parties to the Western Sahara dispute to move to an acceptable compromise. Full text...
  • UN-backed talks on Western Sahara deadlocked
    10 march 2011 16:39:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Representatives of the parties to the Western Sahara dispute, Morocco and the Polisario Front on Wednesday wrapped up another round of talks, with both sides rejecting each other’s proposal as a sole basis for future negotiations. Full text...
  • UN-backed talks on Western Sahara to hold in Malta
    04 march 2011 19:33:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Representatives of parties to the Western Sahara dispute -- Morocco and the Polisario Front -- and the two neighbouring countries, Algeria and Mauritania, will gather in Malta on Monday for two days of UN-backed informal meetings. Full text...
  • UN reports progress in reuniting Western Sahara families
    11 february 2011 17:52:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Friday reported "significant" progress on measures to increase the number of family visits for Western Sahara refugees who have been separated for more than 35 years. Full text...
  • UN-backed talks on Western Sahara end in New York
    24 january 2011 16:51:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The fifth round of UN-backed informal talks on the dispute over Western Sahara ended in New York on Sunday, with Morocco and the Polisario Front agreeing to continue their discussions in March.Full text...
  • UN-backed talks on Western Sahara hold in New York (Corrected)
    11 february 2010 19:36:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The latest round of UN-backed talks between the parties in the dispute over the status of Western Sahara kicked off Wednesday in New York, the UN has said. Full text...
  • UN-backed talks on Western Sahara holds in New York
    11 february 2010 18:36:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The latest round of UN-backed talks between the parties in the dispute over the status of Western Sahara kicked off Wednesday in New York, the UN has said. Full text...
  • Western Sahara: Parties pledge support for UN-backed talks
    12 august 2009 20:13:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The latest UN-backed talks between Morocco and the Frente Polisario over the disputed territory of Western Sahara have ended with a commit m ent from both parties to continue negotiations ``as soon as possible''. Full text...
  • Morocco "satisfied" with Ross' appointment in Western Sahara
    14 january 2009 12:46:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has expressed "satisfaction" at the appointment of Christopher Ross' by the United Nations Secretary-General as his personal envoy for Western Sahara, an official source said Wednesday in Rabat. Full text...
  • UN welcomes Western Sahara peace talks
    12 july 2007 10:41:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has endorsed talks on Western Sahara between Morocco and the Polisario Front. Full text...
  • Algeria welcomes appointment of new UN envoy on Western Sahara
    29 july 2005 07:21:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria has welcomed the appointment of Peter Van Walsman as new special envoy of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to Western Sahara. Full text...
  • Polisario Front urges urgent UN intervention in Western Sahara
    30 may 2005 13:55:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Polisario Front has called for urgent UN intervention to "protect defenceless Sahrawi nationals" and end what it termed "repressive practices" by Rabat. Full text...
  • Bouteflika favours three-nation mediation on W. Sahara
    25 october 2004 10:42:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has suggested that "Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa begin negotiations with Morocco and the Polisario Front, the two parties to the conflict, on the process of de-colonising the Western Sahara. Full text...
  • Bouteflika writes Annan on Western Sahara, Morocco
    04 august 2004 09:47:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has said that any attempt to consider the Western Sahara issue in the Algerian-Moroccan context would be "purely delaying" the resolution of the conflict. Full text...
  • Polisario Front hails US stand on Western Sahara
    25 july 2004 14:06:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Polisario Front has welcomed comments by a senior American trade official that the US government does not recognise Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara. Full text...
  • Freed Moroccan prisoners arrive in Agadir
    24 june 2004 00:03:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A hundred Moroccans formerly detained in Tindouf, southwest of Algeria arrived Wednesday in the kingdom after being held for more than 23 years in Polisario jails, official sources told PANA in Rabat. Full text...
  • UN envoy for Western Sahara resigns
    12 june 2004 15:24:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- US diplomat James Baker, appointed as a special UN envoy for Western Sahara, has resigned from the post, sources close to the UN said. Full text...
  • Moroccan minister hints at autonomy for Western Sahara
    07 may 2004 12:19:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A Moroccan government official indicated Thursday that the kingdom was considering a "large autonomy" for Western Sahara, modelled after certain autonomous regions in Spain. Full text...

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