United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim continued his fact-finding tour on the future of the disputed Spanish Sahara when he arrived in Algiers on Monday (9 June) for talks with Algerian President Houari Boumedienne.
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WALDHEIM: "It's an especially interesting problem. So it is very important for me to know the views of the Algerian Government on this problem so that I can judge the situation better."
QUESTION: "Do you intend to organise a meeting between the interested parties?"
WALDHEIM: "The aim of my trip is to discuss the problem with the heads of state and the governments of the countries concerned in this question. But I have no intention to present concrete proposals at the moment. One of the reasons is that a United Nations mission is visiting the area and I am awaiting their report before acting in a more concrete way."
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Before his official talks, Mr. Waldheim made a short statement in ??? at the airport.
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Background: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim continued his fact-finding tour on the future of the disputed Spanish Sahara when he arrived in Algiers on Monday (9 June) for talks with Algerian President Houari Boumedienne.
Mr. Waldheim was greeted on his arrival at Algiers airport by senior Algerian officials and the U.N. Resident Representative in Algeria.
During his four-hour visit, the Secretary-General conferred with officials of the Popular Front for the Liberation in Saguia El Hamra and ??? De Oro -- an organisation seeking independence for the Spanish Sahara -- in addition to his talks with President Boumedienne.
Algeria has given support to the independence organisation...a move which has caused some difference of opinion with both Morocco and Mauritania who are claiming the Spanish Sahara as integral parts of their territories. At the moment the region is still under Spanish administration but discussions are under way on the territory's future allowing a United Nations resolutions in 1973 for decolonisation.
Mr. Waldheim's fact-finding tour--which has already taken him to Madrid--relates to a U.N. decolonisation mission to the capitals of both ??? and Mauritania. Following his four hours of talks in Algiers, the secretary-General left to fly on to Nouakchott and Rabat for further discussions on the problem.