western sahara

UN envoy for Western Sahara dispute launches ‘new phase’ in negotiations

The United Nations envoy dealing with Western Sahara today told the Security Council that he plans to return to the region in the coming weeks to pursue a new approach to ending the dispute over the territory.

Indonesian major general appointed force commander of UN Western Sahara Mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Major General Imam Edy Mulyono of Indonesia as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Agreement reached to expand visits for separated Sahrawi families – UN

A meeting between the United Nations refugee agency, Morocco, Frente Polisario, Algeria, and Mauritania ended today in Geneva with agreement to expand a programme of family visits between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara.

UN chief committed to negotiating a solution in Western Sahara conflict

After meeting with the head of the Frente Polisario, one of the parties in the dispute over the status of Western Sahara, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the United Nations’ commitment to a mutually acceptable agreement to resolve the long-running conflict.

Mandate of UN mission in Western Sahara extended for one more year

The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara and organizing a referendum on self-determination for the people of the territory.

UN’s Western Sahara envoy sets out for North Africa next week

The United Nations envoy dealing with Western Sahara will travel to North Africa beginning next week, as part of ongoing consultations to prepare for the next phase of the negotiations aimed at resolving the long-running conflict.

UN rights office concerned by conviction of 25 Sahrawi civilians by military court

The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern over the conviction of 25 Sahrawi civilians by a military court after they clashed with security forces in a protest camp near Laayoune, Western Sahara.

UN envoy for Western Sahara heads to Moscow after talks in Washington

The United Nations envoy dealing with Western Sahara is on his way to the Russian capital, Moscow, as part of consultations designed to build international support for the negotiations aimed at resolving the long-running conflict.

Accepting status quo on Western Sahara ‘serious miscalculation,’ warns UN envoy

The conflict over the final status of the territory of Western Sahara has gone on for far too long and must be resolved, the United Nations envoy dealing with the issue stressed today, adding that any acceptance of the status quo a “serious miscalculation.”

Amidst series of meetings, UN envoy urges resolution to Western Sahara dispute

Amid the rising threat of extremist elements in Africa's Sahel region, the dispute over Western Sahara must be resolved before lingering hostilities consume the North African territory, the United Nations top official on the issue warned today.