Ban Ki-moon expected in Western Sahara refugee camps, liberated territories

Submitted by webmaster on Sat, 05/03/2016 - 11:41

Shahid Al-Hafed (refugee camps), 5 March 2016 (SPS) - The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon starts Saturday a visit to the refugee camps and the liberated territories of Bir Lehlou.


The visit is part of his tour in the region. The UN Chief is expected Sunday in Algeria to complete his report about the situation in Western Sahara, he will submit to the Security Council in next April.


After having been received on Friday in Nouakchott by Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, Ban Ki-moon said that his visit to the region aimed at re-launching negotiations for the settlement of Western Sahara conflict through a referendum on self-determination for the Saharawi people.


According to the plan of this fourth visit paid by a UN Secretary General after Perez De Cuellar, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan, Ban will be welcomed at Tindouf Airport before joining the Sahrawi refugee camp in Smara where he will visit the "17 June School" managed by the UN Organization.


Besides, Ban will meet with Sahrawi young people and students from Smara camp.


The UN Chief will also meet with Polisario Front officials in the Shahid al-Hafedh refugee camp, notably President Mohammed Abdelaziz.


A news conference will be subsequently hosted by the two officials. (SPS)