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POLISARIO hopes that Ross’ tour would increase awareness about Saharawi cause

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Algiers, Jan 9, 2014 (SPS) - Speaker of the Saharawi National Council (Parliament) and Head of the Saharawi delegation to the negotiations with Morocco, Mr. Khatri Addouh, has expressed hope that “Ross’s tour in the region will enable the intensification of efforts in order to increase awareness of the UN Security Council and the international community regarding the Saharawi issue so as to end the suffering and ordeals of the Sahrawi people due the Moroccan occupation.”

Mr. Addouh told Algerian Press Service (APS) on Tuesday that the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, will pay a tour to the region as scheduled in January in order to meet with Saharawi and Moroccan parties.

“Ross informed us of his intention to pay a tour to the region in January with a view to re-launching negotiations between the Saharawis and Moroccans. He will also meet with officials of the observer countries, namely Algeria and Mauritania,” he said.

The Saharawi official made this statement in response to the information published by some Moroccan papers in possible meeting between Ross and Saharawi and Moroccan parties in a European country in the absence of the observer countries.

The speaker of Sahrawi Parliament said that Ross’ visit aims at re-launching the stagnating negotiations between the parties to the conflict in order to allow the independence of Western Sahara. (SPS)