January 2021

Aminatou Haidar nominated for the Nobel Peace Price 2021

Oslo (Norway) 31 January 2021 (SPS)- Saharawi imminent human rights defender and President of the Saharawi Organ Against Moroccan Occupation (ISACOM), Mrs. Aminatou Haidar, is among the list of nominees to the 2021 Nobel Peace Price, according to Reuters Today.

Reuters evokes nominations supported by various international actors, including Norwegian lawmakers, who propose names of candidates and support them.

AU decolonization mechanisms must be revitalized, says Information Minister

Shaheed Al-Hafed, 30 Juanuart 2021- (SPS) - Minister of Information and Chairperson of the Government, Mr. Hamada Selma, has urged the African Union to revitalize its peace and security mechanisms, especially those related to the decolonization of Western Sahara, during the upcoming African summit, scheduled for 6-7 February 2021.

San Leon Energy under investigation for Western Sahara activity

Dublin, 30 January 2021 (SPS) -The Irish oil and gas exploration company San Leon Energy is under investigation by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in relation to its activities in Western Sahara, media announced.

The Global Legal Action Network (Glan), a non-governmental agency, made a formal complaint to the OECD about the company through its representative in Ireland in October 2018.

Russian Ambassador to Algeria: We do not understand why UN was late in appointing personal envoy for Western Sahara

Algiers, 30 January 2021 (SPS) -  "We do not understand the reason for the delay of the United Nations in appointing a personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara," Russian ambassador to Algeria, Igor Belyaev, said Saturday during his hosting in a debate on the Algerian channel Al-Nahar.

Resumption of war in Western Sahara, no surprise

Moscow (Russia) Jan 28, 2021 (SPS) - The resumption of war between Morocco and the Sahrawi Republic is not a "surprise" considering the failure of the influent international parties to deal with Western Sahara issue and the procrastination of the international community in getting Morocco to come back to the negotiation table, political analyst Sidi Mohamed Benjaafar said.

El Guerguarat operation unveils Morocco’s blackout on war in Western Sahara

Paris, Jan 28, 2021 (SPS) - Representative of the Frente POLISARIO in France Mohamed Sidati affirmed Tuesday that the qualitative operation conducted by the Sahrawi army in El Guerguarat has unveiled Morocco’s blackout on the war in Western Sahara, urging the Mekhzen to acquiesce to the international law.   

SPLA continue its attacks on enemy bases

Bir Lehlu (Sahrawi Republic), Jan 27, 2021 (SPS) - The attacks of the Sahrawi People's Liberation Army (SPLA) continued today for the seventy-sixth consecutive day against the bases of the Moroccan occupation army along the Wall of Shame .

According to War Report No. 76 issued today by the Ministry of National Defense, advanced units of the SPLA carried out the following attacks on Tuesday, January 26, 2021:

Sahrawi political prisoner, Abdelmula Mohamed, deprives of his right to family communication

Local Prison of Ait Malula 1 (Morocco), Jan 27, 2021 (SPS) - The family of the Saharawi political prisoner Abdelmula Mohamed Hafed, reported that their son is suffering from precarious and worrying prison conditions by Moroccan prison authorities which has deprived him of his right to communicate with his family.

AU Peace and Security Commissioner affirms Western Sahara conflict escalation threatens regional stability

Algiers, Jan 27, 2021 (SPS) - The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Mr. Ismail Chargui, declared on Tuesday that “the conflict between the Sahrawi Republic and Morocco threatens regional stability, calling for the acceleration of the process for the organization of a referendum of self-determination for the Saharawi people ”.

All positions of Moroccan occupation forces to be targeted by Sahrawi liberation Army

Chahid El-Hafed, Jan 27, 2021 (SPS) - Saharawi Minister of Equipment Sid Ahmed Batal said that all positions of the Moroccan military forces will be targets for the Sahrawi Army that is fighting for independence.

President Masisi: Morocco must end its illegal occupation of parts of Saharawi Republic

Gaborone (Botswana) 26 January 2021 (SPS)- The President of the Republic of Botswana, H.E. Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, considered that Morocco must end its illegal occupation of parts of the Saharawi Republic, during his reception of Saharawi Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, who is visiting Botswana as Special Envoy of the Saharawi President, H.E. Mr. Brahim Ghali.

Polisario Front expects from Biden to review Trump’s legacy

Paris, 25 January 2021 (SPS) - Representative of the Polisario Front in France Mohamed Sidati said Sunday he is expecting from the new American administration that it reviews the decision of former president Donald Trump, recognizing the alleged sovereignty of Morocco over Western Sahara, and called on Washington to work in the UN Security Council with the body’s other members to remedy the situation.

Sahrawi army continues attacks against occupying forces for 74th consecutive day

Bir Lahlou, 25 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 74th consecutive day, said a statement from the Sahrawi ministry of defense.

According to statement no. 74, "the forces of the Sahrawi army launched on Sunday two attacks targeting the Moroccan occupation forces in the region of Ankeb Elabd".

President Ramaphosa calls on Biden to reverse illegal recognition of Morocco sovereignty over Western Sahara

Pretoria (South Africa) 24 January 2021 (SPS)- The President of South Africa and Chair of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, called on the US President, Joe Biden, to reverse the “illegal recognition” of Morocco sovereignty over Western Sahara, in his speech Today before the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) lekgotla, which ended its weekend-long meeting on Sunday.

Saharawi government commends “qualitative operation” in Guerguerat illegal breach, warns that entire SADR territory “war zone”

Bir Lehlou (liberated territories) 24 Juanuary 24 (SPS) - The Saharawi government has commended the “qualitative operation” carried out on Saturday by the Saharawi People’s Liberation Army against the Moroccan illegal breach in the Saharawi zone of Guerguerat, warning that the entire territory of the Saharawi Republic (SADR) has become in a situation of war.

SPLA conducts new military operations in El Guergarrat

Bir Lahlou (Liberated Territories), 24 January 2021 (SPS) - Sources from the Sahrawi ministry of National Defense affirmed the Sahrawi Liberation Army (SPLA) has carried out new military operations in El Guergarrat region.

Trump's stance on Western Sahara "makes no sense"

New York, 24 January 2021 (SPS) - The recognition of the so-called Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara by former US President Donald Trump on December 10 "makes no sense" and has had a "negative impact," Robert Malley, president of the International Crisis Group said Thursday.

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

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