Western Sahara

Sanlam confident about Moroccan partnership

2019-04-04 07:42

Sanlam says it is confident about the sustainability of its partnership with Saham Finances SA after it was criticised by a prominent Moroccan financial figure over the SA government's support for Western Sahara.

Morocco suspends participation in Saudi-led war in Yemen

2019-02-08 16:22

Rabat has recalled its ambassador to Riyadh after Al Arabiya aired a documentary on the disputed Western Sahara region.

Western Sahara dispute in dates

2018-12-05 15:59

Here are key dates in the history of the Western Sahara, as the United Nations prepares to convene talks in Geneva on the disputed territory's future status.

Morocco-Polisario Western Sahara talks an 'ice-breaker'

2018-12-03 20:06

A UN envoy is set to host an "initial round-table" in Geneva this week between Morocco and the Polisario Front in a bid to kick-start dialogue on the disputed Western Sahara region.

Four parties agree to Western Sahara talks

2018-10-17 17:22

Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario Front have accepted a UN invitation to hold talks in December on ending the decades-old conflict in Western Sahara, according to UN officials.

Morocco cuts Iran ties over alleged Polisario arms delivery

2018-05-01 23:19

Morocco has cut diplomatic ties with Iran over its alleged involvement in the delivery of weapons from its Lebanese ally Hezbollah to the Polisario Front, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita has said.

Minister: Morocco could improve rights in Western Sahara

2018-04-10 18:50

Morocco's minister for human rights Mustapha Ramid says his country could do better in the way it deals with civil rights in Western Sahara

UN chief urges restraint in dispute over Western Sahara

2018-04-03 15:01

The UN secretary-general is urging Morocco and the Polisario Front independence movement to refrain from actions that could affect the cease-fire in their 42-year conflict over the Western Sahara, pointing to an escalating dispute over a buffer zone

UN presses on with bid to restart Western Sahara talks

2018-03-22 19:00

The UN Security Council has told the peace envoy for Western Sahara to press on with talks on relaunching negotiations to settle the dispute over the North African territory.

Refugees in Algeria yearn for homeland in Western Sahara

2017-11-04 13:27

Selembouha Dadi can only imagine the homeland she dreams of but has never seen, agonisingly out of reach beyond the Algerian refugee camp where she has spent her whole life.


Territory dispute muddies $1.1 billion South Africa-Morocco deal

2019-04-03 08:20

South Africa supports a group called the Polisario Front, which has been seeking self determination in the Western Sahara territory since 1991

UN diplomats: New talks on Western Sahara expected in March

2019-01-30 16:43

The UN diplomats say a second round of United Nations-brokered talks on the conflict over Western Sahara is expected between Morocco and the Polisario Front in March

UN chief pushes sides to be constructive in Western Sahara talks

2018-12-04 21:27

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all parties meeting in Geneva this week to discuss the Western Sahara dispute to be constructive and impose no conditions for formal talks.

UN renews Western Sahara mission ahead of talks

2018-11-01 16:59

The UN Security Council threw its weight behind planned talks on Western Sahara as it voted to extend for six months its decades-old mission in the disputed north African territory.

US says it backs Morocco autonomy plan for Western Sahara

2018-06-29 21:28

A top US diplomat has backed Morocco's plan for autonomy in the disputed Western Sahara, calling "serious and credible" during a visit to Rabat.

UN council set for vote on preparing Western Sahara talks

2018-04-24 11:57

The UN Security Council is expected to adopt a draft resolution this week that would press Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front to prepare for negotiations on ending the Western Sahara conflict, a report says.

Polisario Front envoy to UN dies after illness

2018-04-05 06:27

Ahmed Boukhari, the Polisario Front's representative to the United Nations, has died following a battle with cancer, diplomats have told AFP.

UN disputes Morocco's claims of incursions in W Sahara

2018-04-03 10:05

The United Nations has disputed claims by Morocco that the Polisario Front had carried out incursions in a buffer zone of Western Sahara, where a UN mission is monitoring a ceasefire.

Western Sahara phosphate cargo auctioned in South Africa

2018-03-20 17:13

A ship's cargo of phosphate claimed by the disputed territory of Western Sahara has been put up for auction in South Africa, 10 months after being seized by local authorities.

UN envoy meets W Sahara independence leaders in bid to restart talks

2017-10-19 12:01

The new UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, has met leaders of an Algerian-backed independence movement after visiting Morocco in a bid to get stalled peace talks back on track.

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