UN mission in Western Sahara extended through April 2005

The Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations mission in Western Sahara through 30 April 2005, and asking Secretary-General Kofi Annan to report further on the possibility of reducing the size of the operation.

Annan reports stalemate on Western Sahara dispute

The parties in Western Sahara have made no progress over the last six months towards agreement on a peace plan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report recommending a six-month extension of the United Nations mission there in order to maintain stability.

UN envoy to hold fresh round of talks with all parties in Western Sahara dispute

Over the next 10 days the senior United Nations envoy for Western Sahara will conduct his first round of formal talks with Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO about the disputed territory since his duties expanded three months ago.

UN envoy aiming for talks with both sides of Western Sahara dispute

The senior United Nations envoy for Western Sahara, Alvaro de Soto, has arrived in the region to try to initiate fresh talks with Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO, the UN mission to the disputed territory announced today.

Western Sahara refugees eagerly line up for UN-organized family visit scheme

A pilot project that enables separated family members from Western Sahara to visit each other is proving extremely popular, with more than 800 participants so far and another 18,000 on the waiting list, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.

Western Sahara: Annan hails release of 100 Moroccan prisoners of war

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the Frente POLISARIO’s release of 100 Moroccan prisoners of war who were repatriated yesterday by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Western Sahara: UN mission welcomes planned release of 100 Moroccan POWs

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara has welcomed the announcement yesterday by the Frente POLISARIO that it intends to free 100 Moroccan prisoners of war.

James Baker, Annan’s personal envoy for Western Sahara, resigns

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, James A. Baker III of the United States, has resigned, a spokesperson for the United Nations said today.

UN refugee agency extends Western Sahara family visit initiative

The United Nations refugee agency today began a month-long series of flights between refugee camps in Algeria and the city of Smarra in Western Sahara, expanding its two-month-old family visit programme.

Security Council supports self-determination plan for Western Sahara

The United Nations Security Council today supported a plan that would allow the people of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, to determine their own political future, disallowing both Morocco’s rejection of the plan and its proposal to give Western Saharans limited autonomy under its rule.