WEEK 26, 24-30.06.1996
chief in Switzerland
President in Spain
conference in Madrid
campaign in Portugal
Ex-MINURSO chief in Switzerland
The Belgian general van Baelen, who commanded the MINURSO military
section til March 31th 1996, was invited by the Swiss army chief at
mid June. The invitation was made as "thank and acknowledgement for
his support to the Swiss Medical Unit". Van Baelen informed all the
ex-SMU commanding officers about the evolution and the actual
political situation in Western Sahara.
SADR President in Spain
The Polisario Front will wait until November and then consider a
resumption of the armed struggle unless Morocco accepts direct
negotiations on the future of Western Sahara. So said the president
of the SADR and secretary-general of the Polisario Front, Mohamed
Abdelaziz, on his arrival in Madrid. The Sahrawi president, however,
explained that Spain and the international community could still
persuade Morocco to join direct negotiations with the Polisario Front
to prevent armed conflict. If the UN Security Council does not make a
decision in August or November at the latest to save the peace plan,
there will be a return to the war imposed by Morocco's attitude.
Solidarity conference in Madrid
The Spanish "Federation of State Institutions of Solidarity with the
Sahrawi People" organized a conference with, a. o., the Sahrawi
President Mohamed Abdelaziz, U.S. ambassador
Frank Ruddy, former deputy chairman of the MINURSO's
identification commission, representatives of the Algerian and
Mauritanian government and of Spanish political parties.
In his speech Mr. Ruddy declared that the Moroccans behaved in
Western Sahara like gangsters, comparing them to the former apartheid
regime in South Africa. He clearly indicated the responsibles of the
actual deadlock, the Moroccans, through their abuses and
obstructions, and the U.N., which didn't achieve its peacekeeping
mission, which tolerated the Moroccan abuses and provocated an
issueless and dangerous situation.
Solidarity campaign in Portugal
Under the presidence of general Pezarat Correia a great number of
VIPs support a solidarity campaign with the Sahrawi people. The aim
is to inform the Portuguese public opinion, sensitize the autorities
on the necessity of defending the self determination of the Sahrawi
people, "comparative to that of East Timor", and organize
humanitarian help for the Sahrawi refugees.
Cinq jours pour découvrir les conditions de vie des
Sahraouis, Le Courier, Genève, 21.06.96
"Marruecos ha actuado como la Mafia en el Sahara", dice el ex
vicejefe de la mision de la ONU en la zona, Armada Alfonso, El
Pais, Madrid, 28.06.96.
"¿ Hasta cuando permitira Espana el chantaje de Marruecos
?", Roldan Carlos Alvaro, El Mundo, Madrid, 28.06.96.
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