Archive for April, 2014


The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 30 April 2015.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2152 (2014), the Council reaffirmed the need to accord full respect to military agreements reached with MINURSO with regard to the ceasefire, and called upon all parties to adhere fully to them. (more…)

Security Council extends UN Western Sahara mission through April 2015

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2152 (2014), extending the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 30 April 2015. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

29 April 2014 – The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara and organizing a referendum on self-determination for the people of the territory. (more…)

Maghreb news 2014-04-29


Politics | 2014-04-29
Frail Bouteflika pledges reforms
Constitutional reforms and a renewed push for reconciliation top the Algerian president’s agenda for a fourth term. (more…)

Maghreb news 2014-04-25


Security | 2014-04-25
Libya raids Benghazi arms bazaar
Security forces in Benghazi are winning praise for taking action against arms sellers and drug dealers. (more…)

Radical change in Algeria isn’t so attractive anymore

Al Arabiya

Many Americans probably heard of Algeria for the first time in the 1975 movie “Dog Day Afternoon” where Al Pacino, trying to negotiate his way out of a bank robbery, asks the police to provide him with an airplane that can take him to Algeria. The movie reflected the popularity of Algeria in the early 70’s as a safe haven for global revolutionaries. (more…)

Gulfsands Petroleum Awarded Moulay Bouchta Permit In Morocco

London South East – LSE

LONDON (Alliance News) – Gulfsands Petroleum PLC Monday said it has finalised agreements with Morocco’s Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines, for a 75% interest in Moulay Bouchta, a newly created licence block in Morocco. (more…)

Longreach Advances Moroccan Exploration Programme

SAINT HELIER, Jersey, April 28, 2014 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ – In 2013, LONGREACH OIL AND GAS LIMITED (TSXV: LOI) (the Company or Longreach) successfully advanced its exploration programme completing one promising well and setting the stage for a highly prospective second well currently drilling ahead. The Company’s first exploration well, Koba-1 on its operated Sidi Moktar exploration licence, encountered very encouraging natural gas resource potential that indicated an estimated 45 metres of reservoir potential. Longreach is currently drilling a second exploration well, Kamar-1, on the property and has set casing above the first targeted reservoir. Future operational activity in the Sidi Moktar area will be determined after the completion, analysis and interpretation of the Koba-1 well and the Kamar-1 well. Longreach also plans to participate in an exploration well being drilled on its non-operated Sidi Moussa Offshore licence in the third quarter of 2014. (more…)

U.N. renews Western Sahara mission, but without rights monitors


By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, April 29 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council renewed a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara for another year on Tuesday, and urged all sides to respect human rights, but it did not call for the United Nations to monitor abuses as rights groups have advocated. (more…)

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