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2012-08-01 10:25:24

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ (MACP) -- In a surprise move underscoring the growing danger in Africa's Sahara/Sahel, Spain ordered the evacuation of all its aid-workers from the Polisario-run refugee camps near Tindouf in Algeria. Aid workers from three other Western nations also left. Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo cited increased fears for aid-worker safety and "well-founded indications" of possible attack by al-Qaeda-linked groups in...

2012-05-10 14:21:53

$60 million ransom demanded for aid-workers & Algerian diplomats held in northern Mali WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ (MACP) -- Today marks more than 200 days of captivity for Western aid-workers Rossella Urru of Italy and Ainhoa Fernandez de Rincon and Enric Gonyacons of Spain, kidnapped October 23 from the Polisario-run refugee camps near Tindouf in Algeria by an al-Qaeda offshoot, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), reportedly with...

2012-04-04 10:20:58

Experts, former US diplomats discuss Western Sahara crisis & the need for US Leadership to end it WASHINGTON, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday, in Washington, DC, foreign policy experts and former US diplomats participated in a roundtable, "The Western Sahara Crisis: Why US Leadership is Needed Now," which focused on the urgent need for concrete US action in support of its long-standing policy for a solution to the Western Sahara conflict based on autonomy under...

2012-02-03 08:37:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study by the International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS) warns that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) poses a "dangerous threat" to the region and beyond, as it seeks to exploit Arab Spring instability and expand terrorist ties to other militants across Africa's Sahel. The report recommends closing the Polisario Front's refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, which the study says "are a recruiting ground for terrorists,...

2010-11-29 06:28:00

PARIS and BRUSSELS, November 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - Antonin Tisseron, Research Fellow at the Thomas More Institute - Published on Monday 29 November 2010 - French and English versions Available at http://institut-thomas-more.org With the dismantling of the El-ayoun camp by Moroccan authorities on 8 November and the failure of the round of talks conducted between Morocco and the Polisario Front in New York, the Western Saharan issue has caught the attention of Western...

2010-11-15 15:51:00

Senior Palestinian official calls use of injured Gaza infant photos "disinformation"; UN official backs Morocco account of peaceful effort to disperse Laayoune protest hijacked by violent militants WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat on Saturday condemned Spanish news agency EFE's "unacceptable and unfounded" publication last week of 4-year-old photos of Palestinian infants injured in Gaza which were falsely identified as photos of...

2010-11-11 17:11:00

Violent provocations underscore urgency of reaching a realistic political resolution WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The third round of informal talks hosted by UN Personal Envoy Chris Ross ended yesterday in Manhasset, NY without agreement on resolving the decades-old Western Sahara conflict. The parties to the conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front, did join together with Algeria and Mauritania on moving forward with Confidence Building Measures to ease the...

2010-10-08 15:30:00

Outspoken police chief reportedly to be freed, but may not be free to return to Tindouf refugee camps in Algeria to see his family or speak for peace with other Sahrawis WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, joining other Congress members and international human rights advocates expressing concern for the safety of Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud, the outspoken Sahrawi leader whose whereabouts are still...

2010-10-06 14:55:00

Key questions remain: Will he be free to rejoin his family in the camps? Will he be allowed to continue efforts with Sahrawis in the camps to promote peace? WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The international community cautiously welcomed, and also raised questions about, today's announcement by the Polisario Front that it has "decided" to release its imprisoned Chief Police Inspector, Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud. He was arrested Sept. 21 in Algeria on charges of...

2010-09-27 15:15:00

Letter to Sec. of State Clinton joins Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and UN in deploring violation of rights to freedom of speech, movement, and liberty WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressional leaders Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, (R-FL) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting US action to secure the immediate release of Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud, the outspoken Sahrawi police chief arrested by the...