Archive for October, 2012

Entretien avec Aguaï Dahi, membre fondateur du Polisario et acteur associatif : «Ross doit demander à l’Algérie de retirer ses citoyens des camps de Tindouf

Propos recueillis par Ahmadou El-Katab | Mardi 30 Octobre 2012

Entretien avec Aguaï Dahi, membre fondateur du Polisario et acteur associatif : «Ross doit demander à l'Algérie de retirer ses citoyens des camps de Tindouf»

Selon Radio Hachem, une radio locale qui émet à travers le net à partir de Laâyoune, Christopher Ross, qui se trouve au Maroc depuis la fin de la semaine dernière, devrait effectuer une visite, à partir d’aujourd’hui à Laâyoune.
Cette visite qui devrait durer deux jours, entre dans le cadre de sa nouvelle stratégie pour débloquer l’épineux dossier du Sahara.
La radio indique que cette nouvelle stratégie pourrait associer au dossier d’autres parties dont des pays européens, et ce afin de mettre fin à ce conflit. (more…)

Sahara Conflict: Will Christopher Ross Succeed In His Mediation Role? – OpEd

By: Said Temsamani

Western Sahara

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Western Sahara envoy Christopher Ross, spurned by Morocco in May, began a visit to the kingdom early on Saturday, the Moroccan foreign ministry said.

Details of the visit were not given, but it is part of “efforts to revive the process of finding a definitive, consensual political solution to the Western Sahara dispute,” the ministry said in a statement reported by Moroccan news agency MAP. (more…)

Military Experts Meet On Mali

By: Magharebia

By Jemal Oumar and Raby Ould Idoumou

Scores of European and Malian military experts on Sunday (October 28th) wrapped up week-long meetings in Bamako to take stake of the Malian army’s needs and identify shortcomings ahead of a possible military intervention in the nation’s north.

The Bamako meetings coincided with another security summit held in in Paris last Monday and Tuesday that brought together French military commanders, US diplomats and military experts, as well as representatives of Sahel-Saharan states, the African Union, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union and the United Nations. (more…)

Africa Can Avoid Food Crises And Earn Billions – Analysis

By: IDN

By Jerome Mwanda

Some 19 million people in West Africa’s Sahel region are living with the threat of hunger and malnutrition, though the potential to increase agricultural production in Africa is enormous. Poor people in the slums of Nairobi pay more for their maize, rice, and other staple food than wealthy people pay for the same products in local supermarkets.

Such asymmetries are surmountable – if only African leaders would agree to improve inter-regional trade so that food can move more freely between countries and from fertile areas to those where communities are suffering food shortages, says the World Bank in a new report. (more…)

Action Plan On Strategic Partnership With GCC To Be Submitted Soon To Gulf Foreign Ministers, FM

Rabat – The action plan relating to the strategic partnership between Morocco and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will be soon submitted to a meeting of the Foreign ministers of these countries due in the coming days, Morocco’s Foreign minister, Saad Dine el Otmani announced on Monday.

The action plan covers the areas of the economy, agriculture, telecoms, environment, renewable energies, tourism, higher education, justice, social development, culture, media, youth, sport and the political action, el Otmani told MPs at the House of Representatives. (more…)

Morocco ‘Strongly’ Condemns Terror Act In Bahrein

Rabat – Morocco on Tuesday voiced its “strong condemnation” the terrorist act that has recently shaken the region of Akr in the kingdom of Bahrain, injuring several Bahraini policemen.

A press release of the Foreign Ministry said that “Morocco strongly condemns this criminal act which goes contrary to the values of peace of the Bahraini people and which harms the security and stability of this brotherly Arab country.” (more…)

Man arrested over Casablanca attacks

SBS AUSTRALIA

A Frenchman wanted over the 2003 suicide attacks in Casablanca that killed 33 people has been arrested at Munich airport.

Authorities in Morocco had issued an international arrest warrant for the 37-year-old French national of Moroccan origin, who was arrested while in transit in Munich with his family on Monday, German police said in a statement.

The suspect is being held in custody ahead of his eventual extradition, German police said, adding that he had arrived in Munich en route from France to Dubai. (more…)

Casablanca bombing suspect arrested, German police say

BERLIN Oct 30 (Reuters) – German police have arrested a 37-year-old French citizen wanted by Moroccan authorities in connection with the 2003 bombings in Casablanca, authorities said in a statement on Tuesday.

The suspect was arrested at Munich airport on Monday after flying in from Paris with his family and intending to fly on to Dubai. The man appeared before a judge on Tuesday and extradition proceedings had begun, a police statement added. (more…)

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