Fresh round of UN-backed talks on Western Sahara set for next month

A third round of United Nations-backed negotiations on Western Sahara, bringing together representatives of Morocco and Frente Polisario, will take place early next month, it was announced today.

Security Council extends UN’s Western Sahara mission through April 2008

The Security Council today extended through next April the mandate of the United Nations mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which has been in the Territory since 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario.

Risk of protracted status quo and negotiations on Western Sahara – Ban Ki-moon

The recent two rounds of United Nations-sponsored talks between Morocco and the Frente Polisario on Western Sahara were positive but they could not be described as negotiations, given the two sides largely rejected each other’s views, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the issue.

UN appeals for urgently-needed funds for Sahrawi and Mauritanian refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today urgently appealed for funding for its work in refugee camps in Western Sahara and Algeria as well as for the repatriation of Mauritanian refugees.

Funding shortfall threatens UN family reunions for Western Sahara refugees

Threatened by an almost 50 per cent shortfall in funding, family reunion visits and other confidence-building measures connecting Sahrawi refugees in camps in Algeria and their relatives in the Western Sahara Territory risk coming to a halt next month, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

Chinese selected to lead UN peacekeeping force in Western Sahara

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major-General Zhao Jingmin as the new Force Commander for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO), the first time that the world body has had a Chinese national head one of its missions.

Western Sahara: UN-led talks wrap up with parties pledging to continue negotiations

The latest round of United Nations-sponsored talks on Western Sahara has ended with the parties, Morocco and Frente Polisario, in agreement that the status quo is unacceptable and the process of negotiations will continue.

Western Sahara: second round of UN-led talks get under way

The second round of United Nations-led negotiations on Western Sahara began this morning outside New York with a call on the participants to ensure that the talks are productive and conducted in good faith.

UN-backed talks on Western Sahara to resume tomorrow

A second round of United Nations-backed talks on Western Sahara will begin on Friday outside of New York, a spokesman for the world body announced today.

Security Council welcomes planned continuation of Western Sahara talks

The Security Council today welcomed news that United Nations-sponsored talks on Western Sahara between Morocco and the Frente Polisario, along with neighbours Algeria and Mauritania, are set to resume next month, voicing hope that “substantial negotiations” will take place.