WEEK 07, 12-18.02.1996
A French tourist died and another was wounded by the explosion of a
mine in Mauritania near of its border with the Western Sahara in the
region of Nouadhibou. The victim was participating to a group of cars
who travelled from Dakhla (occupied Western Sahara) to Nouadhibou
(Mauritania). This incident remembers the great danger of travelling
in this region because the severe landmine problem resulting of the
war between Morocco and the Polisario Front. The mine number is
estimated to more than 10'000 ("Hidden Killers", United States
Department of State, 1993, which mentions as mine-types: AP
anti-personal mines, AT anti-tank mines, cluster bomb mines from
Spain (SB-33 AP, SB-81 AT), Italy (SB-MV AT), as well as mines of
Russian, French and US origin).
According to another source, the German newspaper Frankfurter
Rundschau of 23.01.95, there may be 1 to 2 millions of mines in the
soil of Western Sahara.
Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Malainine
Saddik, reiterated the will of the Polisario Front to cooperate with
the U.N. and the European Union in carrying out the peace plan in the
Western Sahara on the basis of direct dialogue between Morocco and
the Polisario Front. Mr. Saddik stays in Italy for an official visit
, he met the Foreign Minister and officials of the political parties.
He urged the European Union (now under the presidency of Italy) to
play its role in the implementation of the peace plan and the opening
of direct dialogue between Morocco and the SADR.
South Africa: Alfred Nzo in Tunis
Under this title the weekly newspaper "Jeune Afrique" reveals a
secret visit of the South African Minister of Foreign Affairs on
February 6th in Tunis. He went for talks with the Tunesian Minister
of Foreign Affairs concerning bilateral problems but also the
According to this newspaper Mr Nzo reached Tunis on February 6th in
the afternoon and left next morning. The journalist does not mention
that this visit took place between a visit in Algiers and the visit
in the Sahrawi camps, where Mr Nzo stayed 5 and 6th February and met
the President of SADR Mr. Abdelaziz.
According to the same source, South Africa was present at a secret
meeting between Moroccan and Sahrawi representants in Lisboa last
Summary Weekly News,
- L'organizzazione sanitaria nei campi profughi sahrawi,
Mezzetti Andrea, tesi, Scuola Diretta a Fini Speciali per
Dirigenti e Docenti di Scienze Infermieristiche, Università
degli Studi di Bologna, anno academico 1993/94.
- Sahrauis-Frauen fordern eine Zukunft, Oester Esther,
cfd-Zeitung, Bern, 1/96, Nr. 44.
- 3+2. UMA. Les dissensions au sein de l'Union du Maghreb
arabe se cristallisent. Deux axes distincts se mettent
progresivement en place, Ouazani Cherif, Jeune Afrique No
1832, 14-20.02.96, p. 25-27.