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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 ”.

Trump's decision still under review

Washington, 18 January 2021 (SPS) - Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize the so-called Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara and other last-minute changes relating to US foreign policy are still under review, and Joe Biden's administration will deliver a verdict based exclusively on one criterion, that of the country's national interest, reports the Washington Post, citing a senior official in Biden's transition team.

Sahrawi Army continues attacks against Moroccan forces for 66th day

Bir Lahlou, 18 January 2021 (SPS) - The Sahrawi People's Liberation Army (SPLA) continued its attacks against the positions and entrenchments of the Moroccan occupation forces, behind the Wall of Shame, for the 66th consecutive day, a statement from the Sahrawi Ministry of Defence said on Sunday.

Algerian-South African Joint Declaration in line with AU demands

Pretoria (South Africa), 18 January 2021 (SPS) - Sahrawi Ambassador to South Africa, Mohamed Yeslem Beissat said that the Joint Declaration of Algeria and South Africa was in line with the requirements of the African Union (AU) regarding the need to meet the minimum conditions, namely Resolution 690 and the organization of the referendum to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara.

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