Mauritania, Morocco Bolster Security Ties [Magharebia]

Morocco and Mauritania meet to promote security and trade: Morocco and Mauritania agreed to strengthen their security co-operation against terrorism, AFP quoted the Moroccan interior minister as saying Wednesday (October 15th). Mauritanian Interior Minister Mohamed Ould Ahmed Salem paid a visit to Rabat Monday and Tuesday, during which he held talks with his Moroccan counterpart, Mohamed Hassad, and with Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane. The two sides reached agreements in several ...

King Urges MPs to Adopt Charter of Ethics, Avoid Petty Party Politics [North Africa Post]

King Mohammed VI proposes a broad-based ethics charter for MPs in Morocco while outlining a busy reform period to come in the next two years: Opening the Fall session of Parliament on Friday, King Mohammed VI called all MPs and politicians to show a sense of responsibility and ethics, to raise the level of political debate and to avoid lack of respect for others. “Political discourse requires being honest with ...

Moroccans Launch ‘Not in My Name’ Campaign [Magharebia]

An anti-extremism initiative is sweeping through Morocco, featuring public demonstrations against violence: Created to condemn criminal acts committed by terrorists in the name of Islam, the “Machi Bessmity” (“Not in My Name”) initiative has struck a chord with Moroccans. In a public statement, those who started the appeal on September 26th stressed that it was a call against all acts of barbarism perpetrated by bloodthirsty fanatics who consider themselves to ...

UN Settlement Plan for Sahara, ‘Inapplicable’ : Eric Jensen [Maghreb Arab Press]

Erik Jensen, the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, spoke at the UN this week, calling for a compromise solution along the lines of Morocco’s autonomy initiative: Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General Erik Jensen reiterated Thursday in New York the “inapplicability and non-feasibility of the UN settlement plan for the Moroccan Sahara issue. After recalling the major historical stages of this artificial conflict before the ...

Lesson on Self-Determination from Scotland – What’s Good for the UK is Good for Morocco [Middle East Online]

Hopefully the Polisario will draw the right lesson from Scotland (and Aceh and Mindanao) and see that the vote was a confirmation of arguments for unity, stability, and peace, argues Caitlin Dearing Scott: Is there a lesson to be learned from the recent independence vote in Scotland? Was it about more than just Scotland as a precedent for separatist movements throughout the world? These are important concerns, since before the ...
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