Western Sahara – 31 Oct 2014

OSRN Condemns Illegal Activities of Oil Prospection in the Saharawi Offshore
This latest move by the occupying power Morocco is in violation of the international law principles applicable to mineral resource activities in Western Sahara, which is Non-Self-Governing Territory.
Following the signature by Glencore Xstrata (an Oil company registered in Switzerland) with Morocco of two agreements of Oil prospection in the region of “foum Oughnit” South-West the Capital of the occupied Western Sahara, the OSNR strongly condemns the conclusion of SUCH an illegal and immoral agreement that violates the international law relative to Non-Self-Governing and colonized countries still in the UN List of Decolonisation.
OSNR recalls in this respect the legal opinion of the International Court of Justice of 1975, which clearly postulated that Morocco has no sovereignty over the occupied Western Sahara. It also recalls that the only status Morocco has in this territory is that of an “Occupying Power” according to the UN General Assembly’s resolution 34/39 of 1979.
Pambazuka News


President Receives Congratulatory Cable From Algerian Counterpart
President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Frente Polisario, Mohamed Abdelaziz, on Tuesday received a message of felicitation from his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on the occasion of the advent of the New Hijri Year.
President Bouteflika expressed, on his own behalf and on behalf of the Algerian people, his heartfelt congratulations to President Mohamed Abdelaziz and to the Saharawi people as a whole, wishing them a good health, happiness, progress and prosperity. Algerian President reiterated, in his cable, readiness to work with the Saharawi party to further develop the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation happily bind between the two brotherly peoples.
Sahara Press Service

UN Secretary General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara Briefs Security Council
The UN Secretary General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, on Monday briefed orally Members of the Security Council on the developments regarding the peace process and UN efforts to find a solution to the conflict of Western Sahara.
Convened behind closed doors, the MEETING is only expected to witness a heated discussion, especially with Morocco continuing to thwart Ross mission aimed at achieving a final solution to the conflict of Western Sahara, as stipulated in last April Security Council’s resolution.
For observers, this session is being held amid an unprecedented tension characterizing the relations between Morocco and the United Nations, as a result of Morocco’s rejection to the newly-appointed Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara and Head of the MINURSO, Canadian Kim Bolduc.
Morocco also blocked Ross planned tours to the parties to the conflict and the countries concerned, in the aim to bring about a fair and final solution ensuring the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people, in accordance with resolutions of the General Assembly and Security Council of the United Nations, added the same sources.
In its Resolution 2152 (2014), issued on 29 April 2014, the Security Council encouraged the parties to the conflict of Western Sahara to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary General, without preconditions to reach a political settlement ACCEPTED by both parties guaranteeing the right to self-determination for the Saharawi people.
Sahara Press Service