Western Sahara – 18 July 2014

UN Secretary General’s Special Representative Pays Farewell Visit to Saharawi Refugee Camps

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara and Head of MINURSO Mr. Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber of Germany paid Tuesday a farewell visit to the Saharawi refugee camps, where he met with senior Saharawi officials.

The UN envoy, in this regard, met with the President of the Republic Mr. MOHAMED Abdelaziz, Prime Minister Abdelkader Taleb Omar, Minister of Defense Mohamed Lamine Bouhali, Minister of Occupied Territories Mohamed El-Ouali Akeik and the Minister of Education Mariam Salek Hmada.

Mr. Weisbrod-Weber will complete his mission on 31 July, while Ms. Kim Bolduc of Canada will take as from the beginning of August on as a special representative of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).



Morocco rejects African Union’s new special envoy for Western Sahara
Morocco rejects the African Union’s decision to appoint a special envoy for the disputed North African territory of Western SAHARA, the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
Former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano was appointed as a special envoy for Western Sahara at a meeting in Equatorial Guinea last week of the African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council, African news organisations reported.
Morocco has controlled most of Western Sahara since 1975 and claims as its own the sparsely populated stretch of desert, which has offshore fishing, phosphate reserves and oilfield potential.



Moroccan Occupying Forces Assassinate Saharawi Citizen

Moroccan occupying army on Saturday assassinated the Saharawi citizen, Brahim Badda Ould Taher, near Oum Draiga region in occupied Western Sahara, said member of the victim’s family.
According to the source, Brahim Badda was shot dead by units of the Moroccan occupying army using live bullets.
Moroccan occupying army tried to hide the corpse of the Saharawi citizen by dumping it 150 km from the place of the crime, the same source said. Family of the deceased still refuses to receive their son’s body.