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South Africa: Reversing US position on Western Sahara is the most urgent move expected from Biden towards Africa

Pretoria (South Africa) 23 January 2021 (SPS) – South African Minister for International relations, Naledi Pandor, considers that US President, Joe Biden, should reverse position of his country on Western Sahara as an urgent move towards Africa.

Burundi announces the closure of its "consulate" in the occupied city of El-Aaiun

Bujumbura (Burundi) 23 January 2021 (SPS) - Burundian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, through its Twitter account, it will close its "consulate" in the occupied city of El-Aaiun, due to "strategic reasons and within the framework of reciprocity," without explaining the real reasons behind this step.

SPLA continues attacks on positions of Moroccan occupation forces

Bir Lahlou (Liberated Territories), 22 January 2020 (SPS) - The units of the Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) continued its attacks on the positions and entrenchments of the Moroccan occupation forces along the sand wall for the 70th consecutive day, the Sahrawi Defense Ministry said Thursday in a communiqué.

45 Scholars from ten countries call on Biden to cancel Trump’s position on Western Sahara (Text of the letter)

Washington, D.C. (USA) 22 January 2021 (SPS)- 45 Academics from 10 countries addressed an open letter to the US President, Joe Biden, last Wednesday, calling for US withdrawal of Trump’s recognition of the Moroccan illegal occupation of Western Sahara, as he proclaimed last November 10, 2020.

Following is the text of the letter as received by SPS, with the names and positions of its signatories:

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Frente POLISARIO: Sahrawi cause has taken new turning point since Nov. 13

Chahid El Hafed, Jan 21 2021 (SPS) - The Frente POLISARIO representative to the United Nations Sidi Mohamed Amar affirmed that the Sahrawi cause had taken a new turning point since November 13 by continuing the armed struggle, adding that participation in any negotiation operation was dependent on developments on the ground.

510 military operations against Moroccan occupation army in 67 days

Shaheed El Hafed, 21 January 2021 (SPS) - Secretary General of the Sahrawi Ministry of Security and Documentation, Sidi Oukal said Tuesday that 510 military operations have been carried out against the Moroccan army in 67 days of fighting since the resumption of the armed struggle, in response to the Moroccan violation of the cease-fire agreement on November 13 last year.

Next Pentagon chief promises to closely review Western Sahara question

Washington, 20 January 2021 (SPS) - The next US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday he would take a close look at the issue of Western Sahara, a territory proclaimed "Moroccan" by the outgoing president, Donald Trump, in violation of international law.

"This is a question that I would certainly like to examine more closely, President, before I give you a detailed answer," the future Pentagon chief said during his hearing in the Senate.

Ministers Council holds a meeting to discuss the 2021 Government's Draft Program

Chahid Al-Hafed, Jan 20, 2021 (SPS) - The Council of Minister held today a meeting to discussed the Government's Draft Program for the year 2021, under the presidency of the President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Frente POLISARIO, Mr. Brahim Gali

POLISARIO Representative to Spain: "Morocco puts pressure on Madrid to recognize its alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara"

Madrid (Spain) Jan 19, 2021 (SPS) - The Representative of the Frente POLISARIO in Spain, Mr. Abdulah Arabi, said that “the Moroccan occupation government is putting enormous pressure on the Madrid government to act as the administration did of the outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, and to recognize the alleged sovereignty of Morocco over Western Sahara ”.

Sahrawi Ambassador in Botswana affirms war in Western Sahara is open to all possibilities

Gaborone (Botswana) Jan 19, 2021 (SPS) - The Ambassador of the Sahrawi Republic in Botswana, Mr. Malainin Lakhal, affirmed that “the renewed war in Western Sahara is open to all possibilities after the violation by Morocco of the truce that has prevailed for thirty years and its attempt to attack Sahrawi civilians in the illegal breach of El Guerguerat ”.

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