Cheikh El Afia Ould Mohamed Khouna is the new Prime Minister of Mauritania.

In occasion of the awarding of the Foreign Policy Association Medal to Mr Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General spoke, in his address, of his recent trip to North Africa and the mission of James Baker as his Special Envoy. He said: "After years of stalemate over complicated issues of voter identification, we are now seeing real progress towards a free and fair referendum that may settle the future of the people of Western Sahara".

SG continues his visit to the Maghreb

The Secretary-General would be returning to North Africa to resume the visit to the Maghreb countries that had been interrupted due to the crisis in Iraq. The Secretary-General would first visit the Tindouf area on 30 November. He would have an official programme in Algiers on 1 and 2 December, and that would be followed by a visit to Tunisia on 3 and 4 December. From Tunis, the Secretary-General would travel to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where he would attend a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

For journalists who want to travel with the SG:
contact Isabelle Broyer, information assistant , Office of the spokesman of the SG, 001 212 963 58 25,
or want to go to Tindouf : charter flight from Madrid on 29.11.98 at 18 h., back on 30.11. at 19 h., contact FEDISSA, e-mail fedissa@nagasys.es, phone/fax 0034 1 531 28 29.

Abderrahmane Youssoufi decided to postpone his trip to the occupied Western Sahara scheduled on November 23. This is due to his presence as chief of the Moroccan delegation at the meeting of the Socialist International at Geneva.


Cordoba, Spain
A March for Peace in Western Sahara, was organized in the region of Cordoba on November 7, by the group Jaima (Friends of SADR of Cordoba) ending by a fiesta.
From 7 to13 November, the same group organized a wall paintings competition in the schools. 50 paintings were exhibited. On day 14 followed a twinning between the schools of Cordoba with those of the Sahara, in presence regional authorities and representatives of the Polisario Front . Agreements of aid in scholar matters have been signed between Andalucia, the Polisario Front and the Jaima group.

Livorno, Italy
"Saharawi libero, Per un referendum libero e giusto". Public debate on 20.11.98 with the participation of the Governor of the Aousserd wilaya (refugee camps), a responsible of the Polisario Front, a responsible of the Association of Solidarity with the Saharawi people of Livorno and the secretary general of the CGIL/SPI trade union (organisator).


Madrid, 23-25.11.98. The Association Bir-Lehlu, from Pozuelo de Alarcón, organizes, together with the Fundación Autor and theAsociación de Artistas Plásticos, an exhibition at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, of the works of 60 artists. They will be sold in aid of the Saharawi refugees.

28.11.98: Reggio Emilia, "Sahrawi, il corraggio di essere popolo", Solidarity Day with video-projection and public debate with the director A. De Lillo, Fabrizia Ramondino, writer, Fatima Mafud, Polisario representativee in Italy, Luciano Ardesi, president of National Association of Solidarity with the Saharawi people, Stefano Vaccari, lordmayor of Nonantola and president of the Saharawi Coordination for Emilia Romagna (tél./fax 0522 454832).


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