Preparing the referendum
The Moroccan Interior Minister Driss Basri meet in Rabat with the chioukhs and governors of the occupied Western Sahara, Moroccan members of the identification committee and Moroccan observers at the MINURSO. The Chioukhs continued their work in groups untill November 21 (EFE). According to MAP the meeting was held to examine the Houston agreements about the first step concerning voter identification. Driss Basri would have repeated the determination of Morocco to respect the letter and the spirit of the U.N. peace plan and the agreements signed in Houston.
The Security Council examined the Secretary General's report on Western Sahara, without vote.
Mr Robert Francis Kinloch (UK) is the new Chairman of the Identification Commission of the MINURSO and Mr Peter J. Miller (Canada) the new Police Commissioner of the civil police (CIVPOL). Mr Kinloch was responsible of human ressources at the UNDP, Mr Miller former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
MINURSO: the costs
Mr Kofi Annan estimes in an addendum to his last report that the extension of the mandate and the increase of the MINURSO staff will cost about 129 millions US$.
Sweden: Condemnation of a spy confirmed
A Moroccan living in Sweden since 30 years was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment for espionage in Gothenburg on 13 November. This means that the sentence from the Superior Court is the same as from the District Court. The Moroccan has claimed that he is involved in registration of Moroccans in Scandinavia for the referendum in Western Sahara. (see also week 43)
Volo speciale per la RASD, 3-8 janvier 1998, Associazione nazionale di solidarieta con il popolo saharawi (informazioni e prenotazioni: Ass. Ban Slout Larbi, Via Risorgimento, 61, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, tel. 055/4510030). Costo per privati: Lire 1'000'000.-
EXHIBITION, Switzerland: Vernissage jeudi 11 décembre 1997, dès 17 h., à l'Hôtel de Ville de Vevey, rue du Lac 2, en présence d'un représentant du Front Polisario, de l'exposition organisée par le groupe vaudois du Comité suisse de soutien au peuple sahraoui: "Les Sahraouis, peuple oublié du désert", photographies de Marc-Albert Braillard, Gilles Boss et Miriam Perregaux.
Asociación de Amistad y Solidaridad con el Pueblo Saharaui
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