During a special meeting of its executive board, AFAPREDESA decided
to launch its "Campaign 2000" on May 23, 1999 at Balearic Islands.
The campaign's objective is the liberation of all Sahrawi prisoners
before the year 2000. The Sahrawi NGO is also calling for direct
involvement by Spanish authorities in order to help solve the issue
of the disappeared Sahrawis.
While on a visit to France, Mohamed Benaïssa, Moroccan minister
of foreign affairs and cooperation, was received by President Jacques
Chirac. Among other things, they discussed the latest developments
concerning the Western Sahara.
The Consultative Committee on administrative and budgetary questions
approved the Secretary-General's requests and recommended that the
General Assembly make an appropriation of $49,023,000 to cover the
period July 1, 1999 to June 2000, contingent on an extension of the
mission's mandate beyond May 14 by the Security Council.
A delegation of French political figures and parliamentarians
conducted a four-day visit of the refugee camps and SADR liberated
zones. Delegates included Michel Voisin, UDF member of parliament and
vice-president of the foreign affairs and defense commission in the
National Assembly, Christian Martin, UDF member of parliamant,
Martine de Froberville, president of the French committee for the
Western Sahara and Sofiane Belguerras, parliamentary assistant,
member of the executive of Mr. Chevènement's "Mouvement. des
Resolution of the Security Council S/RES/1238
The Security Council decided to extend the mandate of the United
Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for 4
months until 14 September in order to resume the identification
process, start the appeals process and conclude all outstanding
agreements needed to implement the Settlement Plan.
By its unanimously adopting resolution, the Council reaffirmed the
rights of the applicants, with the expectation that the appeals
process will not be turned into a second round of identification.
The Council supported the proposed increase in staff of the
Identification Commission from 25 to 30 members, as well as the
proposed increase in the necessary support activities. The
Secretary-General was requested to report every 45 days on
significant developments in the implementation of the Settlement
Plan, focusing in particular on issues which will form the basis of
the Council's consideration of a further extension of the mandate of
The Council further requested the Secretary-General to submit to
it a revised timetable and financial implications for the holding of
Next week the Security Council is to approve the nomination of the
new special representative to head MINURSO, ambassador William
Eagleton. The experienced American diplomat has occupied a number of
foreign postings, particularly in the Arab world. Eagleton was
special UN coordinator for Sarajevo.
Robert Kinloch, current special interim representative and president
of the identification commission, will become the special assistant
representative. Italian Eduardo Veteri, currently president of the UN
Centre for International Crime Prevention will become president of
the Identification Commission.
M'hamed Khadad, Sahrawi coordinator with MINURSO, stated in Algiers
that the Polisario Front has «agreed to the identification of
all applicants as long as the Identification Commission finalizes the
operation in a transparent and regular manner.» He added that
Morocco is «dreading the referendum results and what the
identification operations are going to reveal, which is why it has
been delaying the whole process while the international community is
unanimous in calling for a solution to the problem by giving a voice
to the people.» Khadad also said, «To guarantee that the
identification process is transparent, the media and NGOs will be
able to visit the occupied regions and closely monitor the
operations. We hope that this is a new beginning for Morocco and an
end to its policy of delaying the process, that it will respect
international law and allow the Sahrawi people to freely express
28.04.99, Vienna, Austria: Three Sahrawi
teachers-in-training were invited by the Austrian federation of women
for peace to talk about their country.
10.05.99, Tarragona, Catalonia: Collection of material for
the sixth Catalonian peace caravan to Western Sahara began in
Catalonia, with the slogan "Catalonia for the Sahara" in
collaboration with the "Catalonian cooperation and development fund."
03-08.05.99, Asturies: Kheira Boulahi, in charge of the
National Union of Saharawi Women's foreign affairs, gave several
seminars in Aviles, Corvera, Castropol, Gijon and Oviedo on the
situation faced by Sahrawi women. She also met with the media and
representatives of women's organizations. She then went on to
Barcelona, Madrid and Navarra.
09-11.05.99, Barcelona, The Catalonian association of
friends of the Sahrawi people set up information booths during the
diversity celebration organized by SOS-Racisme.
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