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UN agencies seek funds to help malnourished refugees in Western Sahara

United Nations food and refugee agencies today urgently appealed for funds to help tens of thousands of Western Saharan refugees suffering from acute and chronic malnutrition.

UN officials head to Algeria and Morocco for talks on Western Sahara refugees

Senior United Nations officials are travelling to Algeria and Morocco today to discuss with officials in those countries new confidence-building measures to help some 165,000 Western Saharan refugees who have spent nearly three decades in camps in the desert.

Annan's special representative in Algeria for talks on Western Sahara

The Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Western Sahara, Alvaro de Soto, is holding talks today in Algeria as he continues his initial tour of the region, according to a United Nations spokesman.

Annan's special representative for Western Sahara starts tour of region

The Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Western Sahara, Alvaro de Soto, is in Rabat for talks with Moroccan officials as part of his first visit to the region, a UN spokesman said today.

UN Secretary-General welcomes repatriation of Moroccan POWs

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed Western Saharan Frente POLISARIO's release of 300 Moroccan prisoners of war and their repatriation on November 8, his spokesman said.

Western Sahara: POLISARIO releases 300 Moroccan prisoners of war - UN

The POLISARIO Front in Western Sahara has announced the release of 300 Moroccan prisoners of war and said their repatriation will be handled by the International Committee of the Red Cross, a spokesman for the United Nations said today.

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Western Sahara until January

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), due to expire on Friday, until the end of next January.

UN committee head calls for continued work on decolonizing last 16 territories

Despite difficulties in implementing proposed solutions for the question of whether the Western Sahara territory should become independent or not, a political solution was still possible, the chairman of the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee said today.

Annan urges Morocco to accept peace plan for Western Sahara

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged Morocco to accept a peace plan for the Western Sahara, but agreed to a Moroccan request for more time to study the proposals. He also recommended an extension for the UN mission there.

Security Council welcomes Polisario's release of over 200 prisoners

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the Frente Polisario's release on Monday of 243 Moroccan prisoners of war, and called on it to immediately release all remaining POWs.