UN food chief appeals to donor community to aid Saharan refugees in Algeria

The international community must not forget the plight of tens of thousands of Sahrawi refugees in Algeria who are still entirely dependent on external aid to survive, three decades after fleeing a territorial dispute with Morocco over Western Sahara, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris said today.

Western Sahara: UN refugee agency resumes family reunion flights

After a five-month suspension, the United Nations refugee agency today resumed family visit flights between Sahrawi refugees living in the camps in Tindouf, Algeria, and their relatives in various towns in the Western Sahara Territory, some of whom have not seen each other for 30 years.

Security Council extends UN Western Sahara mission for six months until April 2007

Calling on all parties in the Western Sahara and neighbouring states to cooperate fully with the United Nations mission in bringing peace to the disputed territory, the Security-Council today voted to extend the UN mission for another six months until April next year.

Western Sahara: Annan calls for peace talks as he recommends extension of UN mission

Morocco and the Frente Polisario should drop any preconditions and begin negotiations to try to find a lasting solution to their long-standing conflict in Western Sahara, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says, calling in a report for a six-month extension of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the disputed territory.

After 12 years, Korean medical unit departs UN mission in Western Sahara

A military medical contingent from the Republic of Korea that has been supporting the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for the past 12 years has departed, passing the baton to its counterpart from the Malaysian Armed forces.

UN Council extends peacekeeping mandate in Western Sahara through October

Calling once again upon the parties and States in the region to end the current impasse in Western Sahara, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum there (MINURSO) for six months, through October 2006.

UN mission in Western Sahara should remain for 6 more months – Annan

Citing the need for diplomatic efforts to break the impasse over Western Sahara Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for a six-month extension of the United Nations mission (MINURSO) deployed in the disputed territory which is claimed by Morocco.

Governments answer UN appeal for Sahrawi refugees affected by Algeria floods

Governments have answered an urgent appeal by the United Nations refugee agency to help fly about 150 tonnes of relief supplies to some 60,000 Sahrawi refugees left homeless by severe flooding in three camps in western Algeria, the agency said today.

Support crucial to maintain airlifts to Algerian refugees, UN agency says

The United Nations refugee agency today launched an urgent appeal for support so it can airlift 150 tons of relief items to nearly 60,000 Sahrawi refugees whose homes in Western Algeria were washed away by floods earlier this month.

Algeria: airlift to flooded Sahrawi camps begins, says UN refugee agency

Portuguese and Italian air force planes delivered some 20 tons of tents to western Algeria's Tindouf region over the weekend for the over 50,000 Sahrawi refugees in three camps whose shelters were washed away by torrential rains, the United Nations refugee agency said today.