Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

23 January 2013

Western Sahara: The Government Decides to Reduce Visits of Foreigners to Refugee Camps and Liberated Territories Due to Situation in Mali

Photo: WFP/Justin Smith
A group of children wait on the fringes of the distribution center. (file photo)

Shahid Al Hafed — The Government of the Saharawi Arab Republic has decided to reduce visits of foreigners to the Saharawi refugee camps and liberated territories "given to the war situation in Mali and its possible negative impact on security and stability in the region," said Wednesday a press release issued by the Ministry of Cooperation.

"The Saharawi authorities and the Polisario Front have taken a number of preventive temporary measures including reduce of visits of foreigner guests to the Saharawi refugee camps and the liberated territories and reinforcement of security measures on resident foreigners , " says the Ministry of Cooperation.

The ministry appreciates "the understanding of all those friends affected by these measures."

Finally, the Ministry reiterated that the security situation in the refugee camps and in the liberated areas of Western Sahara is completely normal".

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