western sahara

UN-backed Western Sahara talks begin in New York amid clashes on the ground

The parties to the dispute over Western Sahara met today in New York for the start of the third round of United Nations-backed informal talks, while clashes on the ground between Moroccan security forces and Saharawi protesters have reportedly resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.

Western Sahara: UN envoy concludes North Africa tour

Christopher Ross, the United Nations envoy for Western Sahara, has wrapped up his fourth visit to the region ahead of the next round of informal talks, which are expected to be held in early November.

UN envoy on Western Sahara continues meetings in North Africa

The top United Nations envoy on the status of Western Sahara is continuing discussions in North Africa ahead of the next round of UN-backed talks to resolve the long-running dispute that dates back to 1976 when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the end of the Spanish colonial regime.

UN envoy on Western Sahara in Algeria ahead of new talks to resolve dispute

The top United Nations envoy on the status of Western Sahara held talks in Algeria today as part of efforts to resolve the long-running dispute that dates back to 1976 when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the end of the Spanish colonial regime.

UN envoy to undertake regional visit ahead of upcoming Western Sahara talks

The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to help resolve the dispute over the status of Western Sahara is scheduled to travel to the region ahead of the next round of informal meetings scheduled for November, it was announced today.

UN agency urges resumption of family-visit flights for Western Sahara refugees

The United Nations refugee agency said it is seeking to clarify why a family-visit flight for Western Sahara refugees had to be aborted last week, adding that it hoped the confidence-building measure will be able to resume as soon as possible.

Mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Western Sahara extended for another year

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

Secretary-General voices concern about human rights in Western Sahara

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern today about alleged violations of human rights in the Western Sahara conflict and vowed to continue to promote the rights of Sahrawis after meeting with the head of the Frente Polisario, one of the parties to the dispute.

Western Sahara: UN envoy travels to region for talks

The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to help resolve the dispute over the status of Western Sahara is scheduled to arrive in Rabat, Morocco, today on the first leg of a nine-day visit to the region.

UN chief calls for creative solutions to further decolonization

Lauding Timor-Leste’s independence and the self-determination votes held in Tokelau in the South Pacific, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the United Nations decolonization body to continue its work with the administering Governments and the people of the remaining non-self-governing territories.