Panama City - Members of the Polisario are involved in terrorist attacks and hostage-takings in the Sahel-Saharan region, monthly Panamanian magazine 'Portada' reported.

ebruary issue, the magazine wrote that according to many people held hostage, Polisario fighters were involved in hostage-takings and terrorist attacks in the region, adding that members of the Polisario joined the terrorist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). 

 

The magazine said that the scandal of the embezzlement of humanitarian aid sent to Tindouf camps population (Southwest Algeria) by the Polisario, which was revealed by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), pushed the European parliament to suspend 15 million dollars aid intended for Tindouf camps. 

 

Food products, which were initially sent to Tindouf camps population, were sold by the Polisario in Malian, Algerian and Mauritanian markets, the publication added. 

 

Regarding efforts made to reach a political settlement of the Sahara issue, the magazine recalled that Morocco presented in 2007 an autonomy plan under Moroccan sovereignty, which was inspired by autonomous systems in Germany, Spain, Ireland and Belgium. 

 

'Portada" stressed that efforts should be made to facilitate negotiations in order to reach a political solution as the persistence of the conflict may affect the stability of the region. 

 

The magazine noted that Algeria, which controls, finances and provides weapons to the Polisario, is opposed to a population census in Tindouf camps, despite appeals from the High Commissioner for refugees. 

 

The publication recalled the statement made by the former UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for the Sahara Peter Van Walsum, who said, after three years of mediation, that "the independence of the Sahara was an unrealistic option."

25/02/2016