The International Red Cross Committee has announced that King Hassan of Morocco has agreed to allow the Red Cross to visit Polisario guerrillas captured by Moroccan forces during the fighting in the Western Sahara.
CU INTERIOR French Director of Red Cross pinning Red Cross medal onto Madame Daddah.
CU Red Cross medal and French Director shaking hands with Madame Daddah.
SV Red Cross Director talking to President Moktar Ould Daddah.
GV Red Crescent centre with people sitting around outside building. (4 shots)
GV PAN OVER Red Crescent camp showing people watering their crops. (5 shots)
SV INTERIOR President Ould Daddah greeting Moroccan Minister M. Mahjoub Ahardane and members of his delegation.
SV President Ould Daddah talking to Minister Ahardane. (3 shots)
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Background: The International Red Cross Committee has announced that King Hassan of Morocco has agreed to allow the Red Cross to visit Polisario guerrillas captured by Moroccan forces during the fighting in the Western Sahara. The Red Cross has been unable to see Polisario prisoners in Morocco for more than a year. Meanwhile in Mauritania the French director of the Red Cross has been holding talks with President Moktar Ould Daddah, who later met a visiting Moroccan cabinet minister, M. Mahjoub Ahardane.
SYNOPSIS: At the French Embassy in Nouakchott, the director of the Red Cross in France presented Madame Daddah with the Red Cross medal. Madame Daddah founded the Red Crescent in Mauritania in 1970 and this ceremony paid tribute to her as the honorary President of the organisation in Mauritania. Red Cross officials later met with President Ould Daddah. The drought-stricken country of Mauritania has had to rely on Red Cross aid in the past few years.
The drought coupled with the conflict in the Western Sahara has forced many nomadic families to find refuge in the cities, especially in Nouakchott. The Red Crescent has allocated land to them in camps so the families can settle and provide for themselves. Two-thirds of Mauritania is now virtually desert and the towns of the south offer the nomads a better chance of rainfall and food.
President Ould Daddah later received a Moroccan delegation led by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Mahjoub Ahardane. Reports said the Minister discussed with the President results of his recent visit to Togo, one of the countries which recognises the Saharan Republican and to Gabon.