Mr A. Filali, the Moroccan prime minister and minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, stressed in Lisbon, at the end of the new round of direct contacts, that Morocco presented its position in a firm manner, but with a spirit of openness and constructive dialogue. He pointed out that Morocco was taking part in these contacts with a spirit characterized by openness and optimism. He said that Morocco hoped that an agreement would be reached in the forthcoming round, on the main points connected with the final solution, represented by the holding of the referendum, which Mr Filali says is an affirmative referendum on the Moroccan nature of Western Sahara even before Spanish colonialism; it is Moroccan today and will forever remain so, which is an irrevocable situation.
Morocco - Polisario negociations
A new round of U.N.-sponsored negotiations on the problem of Western Sahara will be held in The Baker Institute at Rice University, Houston (Texas), from Sept. 14 to 16.
Algeria's president of parliament Abdelkader Bin Saleh declared in the Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram that Algeria is not involved in the Western Sahara conflict. He thinks that it is a problem between Morocco and the SADR and that it will be resolved by the implementation of the UN resolutons and the recognition of the right of selfdetermination of the Sahrawi people.
In the frame of the visit of an official delegation in Morocco, Monie Captan, the Liberian Foreign Affairs minister, announces at Rabat that Liberia will take back its recognition of the SADR.
Mrs Senia Achmed, former Secretary-General of the National Union of Saharawi Women (NUSW), was elected as Secretary of Socio-economic Affairs at the General-Secretary of the Panafrican Organisation of Women at its 8th congress. A delegation of the NUSW visited Madagascar and took meetings with several political and governmental organizations.
The Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs participated on August 6 to the national commemorations in Bolivia. On August 12 he held talks with the Venezuelian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The presence of Sahrawi children on summer holidays in Italy and Spain was the occasion for several solidarity manifestations in many cities.
NEWS FROM THE REFUGEE CAMPS AND THE LIBERATED TERRITORIES OF
A road accident occuring on 5.8.97 between Tindouf and the refuge camps caused one dead and several injured persons, all members of the Saharawi Ministery of Information.
A delegation of the University of Girona, Spain, visited at the
beginning of August the refugee camps in order to sign an agreement
on an education project.
A young Saharawi Sidi Mohamed Ahmednah Hamma reached the liberated territories of the SADR on August 10 after he fled from the occupied part of W.S.
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