Having still not been heard, several dozen Saharawi students have again taken up their demonstration in front of the Ministry of Employment in Rabat demanding their right to work.(SPS)
In a statement to the daily «Acharq Al Awsat», Arabic daily printed in London, the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Benaïssa emphasised that «the question of the Moroccan Sahara constitutes an impediment to getting the Arab Union of the Maghreb up and running». He strongly criticised the role of Algeria who «harbours an armed group which threatens the sovereignty and stability of its neighbour». He claimed that the UN settlement plan for Western Sahara «has unfortunately not been concluded» and repeated that Morocco is ready to «present a paper setting out a global conception for a political solution for the conflict in the Sahara, based on taking account of the specific needs of the region such as decentralisation and democracy in the context of Moroccan territorial unity and sovereignty».
In his reaction published on 07.02 the Saharawi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Salem Ould Salek expressed his agreement with his Moroccan counterpart, saying that «without peace the Maghreb cannot realise itself as an economic, political and socio-cultural entity». But, for Ould Salek, the entire responsibility for the 25 years of war and waste that has resulted falls on Morocco. He deplores the fact that the means deployed have not instead been put to use to develop the Maghreb Union. Morocco puts the blame on Algeria, Ould Salek believes, with the intention of hiding the struggle of the Saharawi people, following the model of other colonialist regimes in the recent past. Ould Salek concludes that only the peace plan can bring a fair and definitive solution to Western Sahara, because it «remains the sole way capable of permitting the Saharawi people to choose its destiny freely. It would therefore be pointless, now or in the future, to substitute for it some other way.»
On his side Mr Belkhadem, Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, repeated before the press that «a peace plan adopted by the UN exists, it establishes the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and we support the implementation of the UN peace plan».
28 of February 2001: End of the MINURSO mandate in Western Sahara.
An agenda of the commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the SADR will be regularly updated.
La constitution de la RASD, adoptée par le 10ème Congrès national, 26.08-04.09.99.
SADR, 25 years, special page with agenda, actions, documents...
Asociación Malagueña de Amigos del Pueblo Saharaui: http://amaps.pvirt.com
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