Western Sahara –Back to the Future, Again? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley October 25, 2016 On a grey, chilly winter day in Washington in January 1999 after a long and thorough discussion, I left a typical upper floor State Department conference room very pleased that a group of interagency seniors had made a great decision to advise dumping a failed policy concerning the future of Western Sahara in favor of a new approach. I believed that decision would not ...

So What Next for Western Sahara? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley June 20, 2016 After the recent passing of Mohamed Abdelaziz, leader of the Polisario for the last four decades, it is clear there will be a change in what poses as leadership in Rabouni, but will there be any change of heart? Confidential sources tell us that the real leadership of this movement in Algiers has already decided who will replace Abdelaziz. That announcement is expected soon ...

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Western Sahara – Back to the Future? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley April 18, 2016 At this writing, the much anticipated report from Ban Ki Moon to the Security Council on the future of the Western Sahara peacekeeping mandate for MINURSO is still under discussion in New York. Not since former US Secretary of State and UN Personal Envoy James Baker tried way back in 2002 to get the Security Council to endorse his first proposed autonomy solution for ...

Chairman Tom Lantos and bringing a realistic resolution to the conflict over the Western Sahara – Jordan Paul

Jordan Paul, MACP March 25, 2016 This week the latest Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission held a briefing on the topic of the Western Sahara. While these members have every right to do this, I was disappointed that an institution named after the late, great Tom Lantos would take positions that are directly contrary to those held by him. While the carefully chosen panel and a few ...

Ban Ki Moon on Western Sahara – Epic Fail – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley March 10, 2016 A few days ago, I wrote in this space about my hopes and aspirations for Ban Ki Moon’s visit to Algiers and the Polisario gulags around Tindouf . I counseled straight talk with the leaders of Algeria and Polisario about the need for a genuine compromise to achieve what the Security Council endorses as a “mutually acceptable political solution” and urged that he make ...
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