President of Republic receives Gernika Award for Peace and Reconciliation

 Gernika (Basque Region), April 26, 2015 (SPS) - The Gernika Award for Peace and Reconciliation for 2015 was presented on Sunday to the President of Parliament, Khatri Addouh, on behalf of the President of the Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, after a ceremony commemorating the 78th anniversary of the bombing of the city of Gernika.

 Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Addouh said "this award shows that we are not alone in our struggle and reiterates the commitment of the Basque people to support the Saharawi people in the difficult moments of their struggle."
 
 "Morocco continues to occupy our country, violates systematically the human rights of Sahrawis, and frantically loots against international law our natural resources. Morocco is campaigning to continue to gain more time" lamented Mr. Addouh.

The President of the Parliament reiterated that "the Saharawi people, under the leadership of its sole legitimate representative, the Polisario Front, will accomplish independence whatever the sacrifices." (SPS)

Africa insists on SADR participation at UN conference on NWFZ

New York, April 27, 2015 (SPS) - African countries posed the participation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as a prerequisite for the holding of the United Nations Conference on Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (NWFZ) last Friday, Saharawi's Foreign Affairs ministry said Saturday in a statement.

"The conference which was scheduled for Friday at the United Nations headquarters, in New York, has been suspended following African Union countries' opposition to Morocco's attempt to undermine the conference's works in order to prevent the participation of SADR."

Unlike the false news published by Moroccan media, "the conference didn't take place due to African Union member states' firm position, which stressed that SADR's participation was a not-negotiable precondition for the holding of the conference."

African countries' defending of Saharawi Republic's full right to take part in the conference is compatible with the standards and principles governing the international meeting.       

"If the SADR does not participate, there will be no conference today, nor tomorrow," the statement underlined.

The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic is a member of the treaty that carries the name of the South-African town Pelindaba, which establishes Africa as a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone.

The SADR signed the treaty on 20 June 2006.

The treaty was ratified by Saharawi Parliament on the 27 November 2011 and the ratification was submitted on 27 January 2014. (SPS)

Ban's latest annual report on Western Sahara has been negotiated with Morocco (saharwi diplomat)

New York, 24/04/2015 (SPS).- Ban's latest annual report on Western Sahara "has been negotiated with Morocco », said on Thursday Ahmed Boukhari, Front Polisario’s representative to the United Nations, reported Asspociated Press.

Talking about the January phone call between Ban and Morocco's King Mohammed VI, Boukhari said Ban's latest annual report on Western Sahara "has been negotiated with Morocco ».

According to AP, the U.N. special envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, had not been allowed to visit for months, until that phone call. "I confirmed that reports to the (Security) Council will remain objective and reflect facts," Ban's latest report says of the conversation with the king. "In reply, the king confirmed that Morocco welcomed the return of my personal envoy."

« The group pushing to resolve what's been called Africa's last remnant of a colonial past is accusing the U.N. chief of trading away a tougher stance on Western Sahara during a recent phone call with Morocco's king », added the same source, highlighting that « Western Sahara has the U.N.'s only peacekeeping force without a mandate to monitor human rights, while human rights group say Morocco uses violence to stifle dissent ».

Polisario Front to reconsider cooperation with MINURSO if it abandons goal of its mission, says Khadad

New York, April 24, 2015 (SPS) - The Saharawi Coordinator with the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) M'hamed Khaddad said that the Polisario Front will reconsider its cooperation with MINURSO in case it will not fill its primary mission of holding a free, fair and impartial referendum in Western Sahara.

"Abandoning this goal will push the Polisario Front to review its cooperation with MINURSO," said the Saharawi diplomat in a statement to a foreign news agency, stressing that "the Front Polisario cannot accept that this mission moves in the Saharawi territories as if they were Moroccan territories."

Khadad expressed the concerns of the Saharawi party "in case UN fails to meet its commitments to hold a referendum under pressure from the Moroccan regime", reiterating the call of the Polisario Front to broaden the MINURSO mandate to the control and protection of human rights in Western Sahara.

The Secretary General of the UN stated in his 2014 report to the international community that if there is no progress by mid-April 2015, the time is right to invite the members of the Council to fully review the context it has set up on April 2007 for the negotiation process. (SPS)