Mohamed Abdelaziz, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, has sent a letter to European Commissioner Emma Bonino asking her to "spare no effort in avoiding that the EU be induced into error by the persistent blackmail" on the part of the Moroccan Government, in negotiations over a new fisheries agreement, aimed at "letting it be believed that the European States support its so-called sovereignty over the Western Sahara". He recalled that "the Sahrawi Government and the Polisario Front will consider any fishing agreement affecting the riches and the territorial waters of the Western Sahara as null and void".
The UN Secretary General was in Cartagena, Colombia, winding up his attendance at the Non-Aligned Movement summit meeting. The Secretary General has met with President Liamine Zeroual of Algeria, with whom he discussed the situation in Algeria, including the upcoming elections; Algeria's relations with the United Nations, the United Nations financial situation and the situation in Western Sahara. The President promised all help in furthering the process of implementation of the settlement plan for Western Sahara.
The Security Council would meet on Friday, 20.10., to receive the usual biweekly briefing on Western Sahara.