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News Archive 2009
News Archive 2008

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Morocco to appoint a Polisario deserter Ambassador to Spain

Ennahar Online/AFP - Morocco has asked Spain to accredit as ambassador to Madrid Souilem Ould Ahmed, a former member of the Sahrawi Polisario separatist group, who joined the Moroccan position, the newspaper El Pais reported on Saturday.
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The information could not be confirmed from official sources on Saturday.

According to El Pais, quoting a diplomatic source, Madrid should authorize, without enthusiasm, the appointment of the ambassador.

Former diplomatic head of the Polisario, Ahmed Ould Souilem, 59, has joined the position of Morocco in July, says El Pais.

Rabat considers Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony annexed in 1975, part of the kingdom and proposes considerable autonomy under its sovereignty.

The Polisario Front, supported by Algeria in particular, requires in turn a referendum on self-determination including the option of independence.

Since he joined the Moroccan position, Mr. Ould Souilem supports the Moroccan autonomy proposal, according to El Pais.

The purpose of this appointment, the newspaper said, is to show that all the Saharawi are not in the independence movement and are to counter the wave of sympathy provoked by the hunger strike carried out in Spain in late 2009 by the separatist militant Haidar.

Ms. Haidar had observed more than one month of hunger strike in the Canaries to be allowed to return home in Laayoune, Western Sahara, where she had been pushed back on her return from the U.S. in November. The strike had led to tensions between Madrid and Rabat.

Source: Ennahar Online



News archive:
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10.04 - 2010Morocco to appoint a Polisario deserter Ambassador to Spain
09.04 - 2010Morocco must end harassment of Sahrawi activists
05.04 - 2010Worldwide appeal for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara
06.04 - 2010Moroccan crack-down against group of Saharawi activists
04.04 - 2010Appeal by political prisoner's mother
02.04 - 2010Health Sahrawi political prisoners on hunger strike deteriorating
16.03 - 2010Emprisoned Saharawi activist wins human rights award
05.03 - 2010First EU-Morocco summit: Donít forget human rights in Western Sahara
05.03 - 2010Take action for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara
24.02 - 2010European Parliament's lawyers declare EU fishing illegal
12.02 - 2010Parties to Western Sahara dispute commit to further UN-backed talks
09.02 - 2010Parties in Western Sahara dispute to hold new round of talks tomorrow
28.01 - 2010Morocco slammed for Sahara travel ban
23.01 - 2010Peak phosphorous: mankind's latest threat
18.12 - 2009Activist's "victory" over Morocco puts Sahara back on world agenda
18.12 - 2009Activist heads home after ending hunger strike
17.12 - 2009As UN Council meets on Western Sahara, ill Haidar is freed
17.12 - 2009Western Sahara hunger striker taken to hospital
05.12 - 2009AU calls on Moroccan authorities to allow return of rights activist

Africa's last colony Since 1975, three quarters of the Western Sahara territory has been illegally occupied by Morocco. The original population lives divided between those suffering human rights abuses under the Moroccan occupation and those living in exile in Algerian refugee camps. For more than 40 years, the Saharawi await the fulfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.
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