The Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Mahmoud Riad, has met representatives of the?
SCU Mr. Ould Ziou (with turban) shaking hands with Mr., Mahmoud Riad followed by Habib Allah
SCU Habib Allah seated speaking in French
CU Riad speaking in English
RIAD: "We hope that in the near future peace would prevail once again in this area of the world."
This film is serviced with a statement by Mr. Riad. The statement is in English, a transcript of which follows immediately.
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Background: The Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Mahmoud Riad, has met representatives of the Saharan independence movement, the Polisario Front.
The meeting took place in Algiers, the capital of Algeria.
The Polisario delegation was led by Mr. Mohamed Ould Ziou, President of the Provisional Saharan National Council. The Council was created last November to replace the Sharan Jemaa -- or Assembly -- by tribal chiefs who supported the Polisario Front movement.
The official algerian news Agency, APS, said that the Polisario Front was the sole voice and authentic representative of the Arab people in the Sahara ant it was only right that a meeting between Mr. Riad and leaders of the Front should take place.
The news agency was quoted as saying that such a meeting was perhaps the only way to find a solution to the Sahara problem.
Morocco and Mauritania both claim parts of the Sahara. Algeria has repeatedly supported self rule for the people of the region.