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    United Nations special envoy Olof Rydbeck toured camps of refugees from the disputed Western Sahara on Wednesday (31 March) and Thursday (1 April) in the Tindouf region of south west Algeria.

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    United Nations special envoy Olof Rydbeck toured camps of refugees from the disputed Western Sahara on Wednesday (31 March) and Thursday (1 April) in the Tindouf region of south west Algeria.

    The camps are being administered by the Polisario Front, which has declared an independent state in the former Spanish territory, in opposition to Mauritania and Morocco's decision to partition the country.

    Algeria backs the Front in its fight for independence and provides most of the food and other essentials for the estimated 50,000 refugees at Tindouf.

    After visiting the camps and talking with Polisario officials Mr. Rydbeck said that his trip had been "certainly useful" for the report he will be making to United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.

    Speaking to newsmen at Tindouf, Mr. Rydbeck said that no completely new aspects of the Western Sahara situation had been brought to his attention on this visit and he refused to comment on the possibility of a solution to the problems of the area. He said that his mission was simply to report on what he had seen to Dr. Waldheim.

    Mr. Rydbeck emphasised that he had talked with officials of the Polisario Front but but with members of the government of the Democratic Arab Republic of the Sahara declared by the Front in March. He said that he had avoided meeting them in order to "facilitate" his mission and to "avoid misunderstandings".

    SYNOPSIS: A estimated 50,000 refugees from the Western Sahara are living in camps in the Tindouf region of Algeria. The camps are administered by the Polisario Front, which has declared an independent state in the former Spanish territory and Algeria is providing the refugee with food and other essentials.

    On Wednesday the refugees gathered to await the arrival of United Nations special envoy Olof Rydbeck, who is preparing a report on the Western Sahara situation for U.N. Secretary- General Kurt Waldheim.

    After visiting the camp and talking with Polisario officials Mr. Rydbeck said that his trip had been "certainly useful" for his report.

    However, Mr. Rydbeck said that no completely new aspects of the Western Sahara situation had been brought to his attention and he refused to comment on the possibility of a solution to the problems of the area. He also said that he had talked with the Polisario Front but not with members of the government of the Democratic Arab Republic of the Sahara declared by the Front in March.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1EVS1SPUL9APLOWLEV9IITCDZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1EVS1SPUL9APLOWLEV9IITCDZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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