At a meeting in Strasbourg, members of the intergroup "Peace for the Saharawi People" expressed their deep concern at the Moroccan attitude of obstruction to the peace plan. The UN must make international law respected and organise the referendum, several participants stated. (SPS)
La Gaceta de Canarias made public a Canary government report designated as 'secret', warning of the possibility of a return to war by the Polisario Front. The danger of breaking the cease-fire becomes daily more imminent, if the date of the referendum is not fixed for 2001.
The forces of Moroccan repression have been considerably reinforced by military elements in recent days, both in El Ayoun and in Smara, on the eve of the anniversary of the bloody riots of September 1999.
In El Ayoun many unemployed graduates continue their sit-in in front of the building of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), demanding work locally and protesting about the measures of deportation used by the Moroccan authorities. They were forced by the police to leave the building which they have been occupying since 31 August. Morocco is trying to resolve the problem of unemployment by moving the young unemployed Saharawis to Morocco. (SPS, 12.09.00)
In Smara a protest march against the deportations to Morocco took place on 7 September outside the town hall.
On the other hand, according to AFAPREDESA, Saharawi workers from Fos Boucraa are more and more being subjected to harrassment, especially since a fire on 8 September which is said to have destroyed about ten metres of the phosphate conveyer belt near the port of El Ayoun. The Moroccan authorities suspect that Saharawis may have been behind the sabotage. An inquiry has been opened.
The Nigerian government agreed to the opening of an embassy of SADR at Abuja. Alioun Habib Kentaoui was accredited as ambassador. (SPS, Ach-Chark al-Awsat)
Eighteen Saharawi diplomats and senior officials will be going to various countries in order to convey to their respective authorities messages from the Saharawi president. This is to gather necessary support in favour of the UN/OAU peace plan and the Houston Agreements prior to the forthcoming round of talks which, according to Ach-Chark al-Awsat, will be held from 28-29 September in Berlin. (SPS, Ach-Chark al-Awsat)
"The head of Moroccan diplomacy stressed, in a speech before the UN General Assembly, that, while remaining attached to the pursuit of the process, respecting the established rules, Morocco would give its complete support to any step which the Secretary General and his Personal Envoy might undertake to settle differences once and for all." (Le Matin du Sahara, Casablanca)
Three Pacific countries, Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu are reported to have announced the withdrawal of their recognition of SADR, according to the Moroccan press.
At the invitation of the king and queen of Spain, Mohamed VI will make an official visit to their country from 18 to 21 September. The Madrid Association of the Friends of the Saharawi People calls for a demonstration, on Tuesday 19 at 19.00 hours, and is gathering signatures for a letter which will be published in the national Spanish press. (Spanish text: http://www.nodo50.org/saharamad/carta.htm).
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