Berlin 28 - 29.09.00


The meeting was hold during the whole day and ended without any result (see press release french).

Another meeting will probably take place before the end of the MINURSO mandate on October 31,

The delegations:

Mahfoud Ali Beiba, member of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front, M'Hamed Khaddad, coordinator to MINURSO, Brahim Ghali, Polisario representative in Spain, Ahmed Boukhari, Polisario representative to the UN, Radhi Sgheir Bachir, councelor to the presidency and Jamal Zakari, Polisario representative in Berlin.

Mohamed Benaïssa, minister of foreign affairs, Ahmed Midaoui, minister of interior, Ahmed Snoussi, ambassador to the UN, Ahmed Loulichki, coordinator withMinurso, Khalli Hanna Ould Rachid,, Rachid Douihi et Ghailani Dlimi.

Algeria: Mr Ahmed Ouyahia, minister of justice.
Mauritania: Mr Ould Boubeker Amine, minister, secretary general of the presidency.

26.09.00: 26.09.00 : Presserklärung der Gesellschaft der Freunde des sahraouischen Volkes und der Kritischen Oekologie ( french)

UN-mediated talks on Western Sahara to begin next week in Berlin

22 September -- The parties to the Western Sahara dispute will hold direct talks in Berlin next week, under the auspices of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Personal Envoy, James Baker III, a UN spokesman announced today.
The talks between Morocco and the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguia el-Hamra y del Rio de Oro (Frente POLISARIO) on 28 and 29 September are intended to "resolve the multiple problems relating to the implementation of the settlement plan for Western Sahara and to try to find agreement on a mutually acceptable political solution to the dispute," spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.
In order to implement the settlement plan, the UN has deployed a peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, known by its French acronym MINURSO. The Mission's aim is to hold a referendum to allow the people of the Territory to decide between independence or integration with Morocco. Its current mandate will expire on 31 October.
As has been the case with previous rounds of direct talks, Algeria and Mauritania have been invited to attend as observers.