WESTERN SAHARA

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WEEK 15

07.-13.04.2002

TITLES

SADR
REFERENDUM
SPAIN
MOROCCO
HUMAN RIGHTS
HUMANITARIAN AID
SOLIDARITY
COMING UP
INTERNET
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SADR

08.04.02
A French delegation of over 60 people, comprising elected members from various French towns twinned with Saharawi localities (Gonfreville l'Orcher, Le Havre, Le Mans and Rezé), as well as solidarity movement representatives, is in the refugee camps. Received by the walis of Smara and Ausserd, the delegation visited health and educational establishments and had talks with officials from the government, the parliament and Saharawi NGOs. (
SPS)

REFERENDUM

08.04.02
Swing in Mauritania
William Swing, special representative of the UN secretary general for Western Sahara, was received by the Mauritanian president. On leaving the audience the UN officer declared : "I am here in the context of a series of visits relating to the peace process in the territory of Western Sahara. I'm making contacts with the aim of having an exchange of views on this question." It is the second visit of Mr Swing to Mauritania, the first was on 13 February last.

11.04.02
MINURSO
According to Spanish diplomatic sources quoted by Europa Press, the Security Council could extend MINURSO's mandate by 4 or 6 months, and postpone studying the choice of one of four options proposed by Kofi Annan. According to the same sources, none of the options, except for refusing to withdraw the UN, would attract unanimity from the parties involved in the conflict.

10.04.02
European Union - Ad Hoc Committee on Western Sahara
In the draft report on the mission to Western Sahara, in discussion within the ad hoc committee, Mrs Lalumière is said to have proposed greater involvement of the EU by setting up a working group charged with facilitating dialogue between Morocco, Algeria and the Polisario Front. This group would be in contact with the European Commission and its commissioner for foreign policy, Mr Solana.  (Europa Press)

SPAIN

08.04.02
The general Council of the province of Huesca in Aragon unanimously passed a resolution (
spanish) in favour of the rights of the Saharawi people, in particular its right to self-determination, on the model of those accepted by the parliament of Aragon and the municipal councils of Saragossa and Huesca.

09.04.02
Morocco-Spain
In the diplomatic crisis provoked by Morocco, which unilaterally withdrew its ambassador last November (week
44/01), the Spanish position seems to have changed. The question of Western Sahara will be included in discussions which are supposed to resolve the differences between these two countries. (press)

09.04.02
Annan honoured by a Spanish university
The University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid conferred the degree of doctor honoris causa on Kofi Annan. Members of solidarity associations with the Saharawi people were present at the ceremony with banners and placards to express their concern over the conflict in Western Sahara. Kofi Annan came up to the demonstrators to let them know that he was keen to find a solution to the conflict and to express his concern for the future of the Saharawi people. The demonstrators also gave him a letter. (
spanish)

MOROCCO

09.04.02
«Le Journal hebdomadaire» (Morocco) speculates on the secret accords between  Israël, Morocco and the USA. In return for hosting the Palestinian president, Arafat, Morocco would allegedly be compensated by economic agreements and unconditional American support for the Moroccan position on the question of the Sahara in the Security Council. (Review of the press by the French Embassy in Rabat)

12.04.02
In view of the visit of the King of Morocco to Washington on 23.04, an official from the US Trade Department declared in Rabat that the USA had the intention of developing mutually advantageous economic partnership with Morocco and to conclude a Moroccan-US free trade accord. Only four countries are bound to the USA by such an accord: Canada, Mexico, Jordan and Israel.

HUMANITARIAN AID

11.04.02
A mission from the UNHCR and WFP, accompanied by representatives of the EU and various European, American and Chinese diplomats accredited in Algiers, is visiting the Saharawi refugee camps to inquire about the needs and to ensure the continuity of supply of humanitarian aid to the refugees. During a meeting with the Saharawi population, political officials and representatives of Saharawi civil society expressed their gratitude for the aid received and emphasised the urgency of finding a definitive solution to the conflict, based on respect for international law. (SPS)

SOLIDARIDAD

11.04.02, Algeciras: SAR. El Principe de Asturias Felipe de Borbón en su visita al Campo de Gibraltar y mas concretamente a la localidad de Algeciras, ha recibido  en mano una carta firmada por Isabel Bandrés, Presidenta de la AAPS "Solidaridad" , Coordinadora de Cádiz y Vicepresidenta de la la Federación Andaluza de Asociaciones Solidarias con el Sáhara cuyo texto se adjunta.

11.04.02, Santander: La Asociación Cantabria por el Sáhara, constituida 27.02.02, anuncia la próxima organización de un "Referéndum para la Autodeterminación del Pueblo Saharaui" en Cantabria, similar al celebrado recientemente en Andalucía y en el que se invitará a participar a toda la población así como a las instituciones, organizaciones, partidos, sindicatos, juventudes, ONGs, etc, acercándoles de este modo a la lucha por la justicia y la libertad del pueblo saharaui. Denuncia el cinismo de Marruecos al mostrarse al lado del pueblo Palestino, víctima de la masacre por parte de Israel, siendo verdugo desde hace 26 años del Pueblo Saharaui al que ha sometido a invasión, genocidio y todo tipo de represiones sin atender las resoluciones de la ONU y ofreciendo como única solución una autonomía bajo su soberanía. Nos preguntamos ¿igual que la de Palestina, tal vez?

PROXIMAMENTE

Asociación DAJLA, Alicante: Dentro de las actividades culturales que desarrolla la Universidad de Alicante en colaboración con Asociaciones e Instituciones, la asociación DAJLA ha programado una Exposición itinerante por las Sedes Universitarias de Alicante, Benissa, Cocentaina y Biar con el fin de dar a conocer la Historia, Cultura y situación política actual del Pueblo Saharaui.
En la Sede de Alicante, así mismo se celebrara una conferencia del Catedrático de la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela D.Carlos Ruiz Miguel que analizara la situación actual del Plan de Paz y las diferentes vías de solución del conflicto que se proponen desde diferentes instancias. Tendrá lugar el día 19 de abril, viernes, a las 20'00 h. en el salón de conferencias de la Sede de la Universidad sito en la calle Ramón y Cajal nº4 de Alicante, antigua Escuela de Comercio.

08-19.04.02, León: La Organización No Gubernamental para el Desarrollo del Pueblo Saharaui, La Hamada, presenta la exposición fotográfica «El amargo te del exilio», del 8 a 19 de abril en el hall de Filosofía y Letras, Campus Universitario de León. <ongdhamada@usuarios.retecal.es>

Odisea TV  vuelve a emitir los reportajes "Sáhara: la guerra olvidada".

Lunes 8/04/02 (20h00m): "Una cuestión de soberanía"
Lunes 15/04/02 (20h00m): "El camino a la guerra"
Lunes 22/04/02 (20h00m): "El Plan de Paz"

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