Western Sahara – 20 May 2016

Morocco Steps Up Diplomatic Pressure On US And Europe Over Western Sahara Occupation

On May 18, the Moroccan government summoned the US ambassador in Rabat, Dwight Bush, for a dressing-down over the State Department’s most recent human rights report on the country, as it wages diplomatic battles on several fronts over its occupation of Western Sahara.

A day earlier, the Moroccan Interior Ministry had described the report, published in April, as “outrageous” and “sloppy, biased and quirky”. Bush was summoned to meet Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and head of the DGED intelligence agency Mohamed Yassine Mansouri, who proceeded to try and pick holes in a number of human rights abuses cited in the report.

Forbes Foreign Affairs


Algeria: Polisario Front Hails AU’s Position for Decolonization of Western Sahara

The Polisario Front hailed the constant position of the African Union (AU) in favour of the decolonization of Western Sahara, last colony in African, said Monday the Sahrawi Press Agency, SPS.

The national Secretariat of the Polisario Front hailed the position of the African Union, partner of the United Nations (UN), in the elaboration and the implementation of the settlement plan of the Western Sahara conflict, and its support for the decolonization of the last colony in Africa, said the Polisario Front in a communiqué, at the end of its second ordinary session held Sunday, under the chairmanship of Sahrawi Prime Minister, Abdelkhader Taleb Oumar.