The Spanish Parliament approved unanimously a resolution asking the
government to place the Canary Islands at MINURSO's disposal as
logistic base for the referendum.
The proposed Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) in
favour of Western Sahara refugees in south-western Algeria is for the
period 1 April 1999 to 31 March 2000.
The main objectives of this World Food Program (WFP) operation (of an
amount of around 3.5 million dollars) are: To provide 80,000
vulnerable people among the refugee population in camps near Tindouf
with the basic daily food requirements to sustain them while awaiting
their repatriation; with WFP ensuring timely delivery of basic food
commodities. To assist 11,000 anaemic women and 8,000 severely
malnourished children within supplementary feeding schemes to be
implemented by NGOs, through the provision of a supplementary ration
of CSB. WFP will also promote female participation in food
Report of the Secretary-General on the situation concerning Western
In the new report on the situation concerning Western Sahara,
Secretary-General Kofi Annan summarizes the recent developments, in
particular the appointment of his new Special Representative and his
recent mission in the region. Voter identification as well as
demining activities have been resumed. The UNHCR made a
reconnaissance visit to the Territory from 23 to 29 June 1999," to
gather relevant information for planning the return of the refugees,
including information on the existing infrastructure such as schools,
hospitals, housing facilities and transit centres." The
pre-registration exercise, to ascertain the refugees' willingness to
repatriate and to determine their final destinations in the
Territory, resumed in the Tindouf refugee camps on 24 May 1999.
According to the report, "the majority of the refugees continued to
express reservations about repatriation to the Territory west of the
berm, owing to fear for their security and safety." In conclusion the
Secretary-General stresses the importance of the parties staying the
course leading up to the 15th of July - the date when the first part
of the provisional voters' list will be published and the appeals
process will begin.
Good friend lost
Lord Christofer Winchilsea died suddenly of a heart attack.He was a
great and faithfull friend of the Saharawi people, founder of the
Saharawan Aid Trust and the Rainbow Rovers humanitarian carvans to
the refugee camps.
Mohamed Cherif Abbas, recently designed special envoy of the Algerian
President to the SADR, transmitted to the Saharawi President the
invitation to the 35th OAU summit to open in Algiers on July 12.
In a statement to the press, the President of the Security Council
said members of the Security Council welcomed the resumption of the
process to identify voters for a referendum on the future of Western
Identification balance: 523 applicants untill 20.06.99,
2'328 applicants untill 24.06.99 .
Jordan's King Abdullah arrived at Rabat on July 3 for talks
with Hassan II. He is ready to mediate an end to strained relations
between Algeria and Morocco
action in favour of the 7 young Saharawis sentenced in the
court of Laayoun on June 24 to years of reeducation, for writing
slogans in support of the Polisario (see week
"Libya is vigorously opposed to the creation of a ghostly
entity" in Western Sahara, declared a Libyan official on visit in
29.06.99 Vittoria Bask country: the municipality
participates to the financing of 5 humanitarian aid projects for an
amount of 20 millions of pesetas.
Vacaciones en Paz 99
Spain wellcomes about 5 000 Saharawi children of 8 to 12 years which
will spend two month in Spanish families.
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