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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Written Press

The Panamanian monthly magazine "Portada" said Polisario members are involved in terrorist attacks and hostage-taking in the Sahel-Saharan region.


In its February issue, the magazine said, citing international relations, that sequestration operations and terrorist attacks in the region involved, according to many witnesses several Polisario fighters.

Polisario members have joined the terrorist group Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

The magazine further said that the scandal of misappropriation of humanitarian aid to populations sequestered in Tindouf camps, brought to light by the report of the Office of Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), pushed EU Parliament to suspend aid worth $ 15 million to the camps. 

The publication added that several food products, which were in principle for the people in the Tindouf camps, were sold by Polisario on Malian, Algerian and Mauritanian markets.

Regarding efforts to reach a political settlement of the Sahara, the magazine said that Morocco had presented in 2007 the autonomy initiative under Moroccan sovereignty, particularly inspired by autonomous systems in Germany, Spain, Ireland and Belgium.

In this sense, he stressed that facing risks that may cause the perpetuation of the conflict and its impact on the stability of the region, victim of terrorism and crime, international powers called for the facilitation of negotiations to reach a political settlement.

It added that this conflict was inherited from the colonial era, adding that Morocco worked to complete its territorial integrity gradually since it recovered the Tarfaya area in 1958 and the province of Sidi Ifni in 1969 before recovering the rest of the southern provinces through the Green March, initiated by the late King Hassan II in 1975.

The magazine said that Algeria, which controls Polisario, finances and provides weapons, is opposed to the population census in Tindouf camps in southwest Algeria, despite repeated appeals by the High Commissioner refugees.

It reminded, in this context, the statements by the former personal envoy of UN Secretary General for the Sahara, Peter Van Walsum, who said, after three years of mediation, that "the independence of the Sahara is not achievable" and "not a realistic option".
 
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