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Tam Tam Express: Africa's last colony
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Hear Polisario's representative to the UN, Mr. Ahmed Boukhari, and Chairman of the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara, Mr. Ronny Hansen, interviewed on South African radio June 28th, 2007.
Published: 01.07 - 2007 20:14Printer version    
Tam Tam Express
Aired on www.channelafrica.org, 28 June 2007
South Africa Broadcasting, International Service.

Download the radio programme here (NB! Document is 40 MB big)

Ahmed Boukhari talks about how Front Polisario sees the negotiations with Morocco, and gives a picture of the atmosphere in the negotiation room in Manhasset in New York.

Chairman of the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara, Ronny Hansen, is interviewed from 17:50.

Hansen draws the parallels between the liberation struggles of East Timor and Western Sahara, explains the geopolitical game around the conflict, and looks at the reason why the territory was occupied in the first place.  

”The major powers in this context -the Americans, the French and the Spanish - are not prepared to put pressure on Morocco to honour their agreements and international law”, Hansen says.

    




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Since 1975, three quarters of the territory of Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco. A majority of the population is still living in refugee camps in Algeria. Those who remained in their homeland are subjected to serious harassment from the Moroccan occupiers. For more than 40 years the Sahrawis have been waiting for the fullfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.

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