According to the MINURSO spokeswoman, 6 identification centers are in function: 2 in El Ayun, 1 in Smara, 1 in Tan-Tan (South Morocco), 1 in the Smara camp and one in the Dakhla camp. Since 3 December, 8,992 applicants presented themselves at the 6 offices, among 12,000 convocated. The total number of persons identified so far is now 69,104. There are still more than 150,000 applicants to identify.
In its answer to the question of a deputee of the Swiss Parliament concerning the support Switzerland could spend to Western Sahara ( see week 42), the Swiss government explains that it could:
The government estimes that, presently, it is not advisable to suspend the current commercial negociations with Morocco, "the Moroccan authorities having shown in the last months a new will of dialogue".
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