In an interview with the Algerian newspaper El Khabar, the Algerian foreign minister said that his country's policy regarding the Western Sahara issue is governed by two principles: "Any solution has to provide for self-determination, and a peaceful solution to the dispute would be in the interests of security and stability in the region." He added that Algeria is awaiting "tangible proposals" from Baker.
The Canarian Institute of Women together with the Canarian Women Organization of Solidarity with the Sahrawi Women and the Sahrawi People organized several activities with the participation of representatives of the National Union of Sahrawi Women. At last a twinning agreement was signed between the Institute of Women and the NUSW, in presence of the president of the Canary Islands government.
Colombia's president visits Morocco
Mr. E. Samper, president of Colombia and actual president of the Nonaligned Countries, held talks with King Hassan II concerning the political situation in Maghreb especially the Western Sahara conflict.
UN Secretary-General report
Mr. Kofi Annan recommends a four-month extension of the MINURSO mandate, which is due to expire at the end of May. After his recent "exploratory" mission in the region , Mr. Baker will return in June, and then make recommandations to the UN Secretary-General on the future of the disputed territory.
Chad suspends recognition of SADR
Chad prime minister announces his country "suspends its recognition of SADR", accorded 1980. Mr. Koibla signed in Rabat an agreement creating a bilateral cooperation committee between Morocco and Chad. (MAP)
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