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Western Sahara refugees face looming food shortages, UN agencies report

A serious lack of food aid and insufficient funding are combining to threaten the health and welfare of refugees living in quarter-century old camps along Algeria’s border with Western Sahara, two United Nations agencies warned today.

Security Council extends UN's Western Sahara mission through January 2003

The United Nations Security Council today extended the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) through the end of January 2003, while calling on the parties - the POLISARIO Front and Morocco - to cooperate fully with efforts to resolve their longstanding dispute.

Security Council to continue talks on resolution to extend UN's Western Sahara mission

With Wednesday the deadline for renewing the mandate of the United Nations mission in Western Sahara, the Security Council will continue discussing options next week for a resolution to extend the operation's authorization, the President of the 15-member body said today.

Western Sahara: Security Council holds 'useful' talks on draft resolution - President

As a prelude to adopting a resolution on the situation in Western Sahara, the United Nations Security Council today held a full round of talks to discuss the positions of Members States as well as the proposed text, the current President of the 15-member body said.

Annan names new Force Commander for UN’s Western Sahara mission

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has decided to appoint Major-General Gyorgy Szaraz of Hungary as the new Force Commander for the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Western Sahara: Annan hails release of 100 prisoners of war by POLISARIO

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today hailed the release of 100 Moroccan prisoners of war (POWs) by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (Frente POLISARIO).

Western Sahara: Annan urges attention to humanitarian concerns

With the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) set to expire at the end of this month, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for international support for relief efforts in the region pending a decision on the future of the UN’s involvement there.

Western Sahara: Security Council approves two-month extension of UN mission

Confronted with a political stalemate over Western Sahara, the United Nations Security Council today extended for two months the UN mission which for over a decade has been working to organize a referendum to allow the territory’s people to choose between independence or integration with Morocco.

Security Council mulling options for future action in Western Sahara

Security Council members said today they were in the process of considering a recent report by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the so-far fruitless efforts to resolve the dispute concerning Western Sahara and would consult with Mr. Annan’s envoy involved in the matter before taking any action.

Western Sahara: Disappointed over lack of progress, Annan outlines new options

Describing a “rather bleak” future for the stalled peace process in Western Sahara, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has outlined four options for consideration by the United Nations Security Council as it addresses the long-standing problem.