western sahara

Western Sahara: UN chief urges Morocco and Polisario Front to de-escalate tensions in buffer strip

Deeply concerned about increased tensions in the vicinity of Guerguerat in the buffer strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called on Morocco and Frente Polisario to “take all necessary steps” to avoid escalation.

Western Saharan refugees face looming food shortage, UN agencies warn in appeal for donor support

Three United Nations agencies operating in Algeria appealed today for continued donor support for refugees from Western Sahara, warning that insufficient funding makes imminent a cut in basic food rations.

Ban 'deeply concerned' over tensions in south-western Western Sahara

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in south-western Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border as a result of changes in the status quo and the introduction of armed units from Morocco and the Polisario Front in close proximity to each other.

Ban ‘saddened’ by death of Polisario Front leader

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his sadness over the death today of Mohamed Abdelaziz, who had led the Polisario Front independence movement in the Western Sahara as its leader since 1976.

In recorded vote, Security Council approves one year extension of UN mission in Western Sahara

The Security Council today, by recorded vote, adopted a resolution extending for one year the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), emphasizing “the urgent need for the mission to return to full functionality.”

In Algeria, the United Nations chief calls to ease 'unacceptable' plight of Sahrawi refugees

Calling to alleviate the plight of Sahrawi refugees in Algeria who are dealing with an “unacceptable situation,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the parties to the Western Sahara conflict have not made any real progress in the negotiations towards a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.

UN “hopeful” political process can still move ahead in Western Sahara

The UN remains “hopeful” the political process can still move ahead in Western Sahara, nearly 25 years after the peacekeeping mission was authorized there.

Western Sahara was administered by Spain until 1976, but then claimed by neighbouring countries; Morocco and Mauritania.

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Algeria: UN agency delivers aid to flood-hit refugees in Tindouf

After heavy rains in southwestern Algeria last week resulted in devastating floods, the United Nations refugee agency has airlifted emergency aid to 11,000 families living in five camps in the region.

Security Council extends UN Western Sahara mission through April 2016

The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara, known by the acronym MINURSO.

Security Council extends UN Western Sahara mission through April 2015

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.