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Laâyoune, 10 October 2012, Head of UN Peacekeeping arrives in Laayoune

Hervé Ladsous, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, arrived in Laayoune on 10 October. He will be visiting MINURSO to review operations and to meet with the Mission leadership. He plans to travel to two Team Sites, west and east of the berm, as well as to Tindouf and Rabat where he will meet with officials from both parties, Morocco and Polisario.

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Laâyoune, 27 September 2012, Special Representative for Western Sahara awards UN Medal to the Force

On 27 September, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara and Head of Mission, Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber, awarded Force Commander, Major General Abdul Hafiz, along with twelve other military personnel, the United Nations Medal for their service in MINURSO. 

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On 21 September 2011, MINURSO celebrated the International Day of Peace
This year - on its 30th anniversary - the theme of the United Nations International Day of Peace is “Peace and Democracy: make your voice heard”.

The Officer in Charge of MINURSO and Force Commander, Major-General Abdul Hafiz, presided over a short and simple ceremony celebrating the Day at the Mission Parade Ground.
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Anti Personnel mines stockpile destruction 2011, Tifariti, Western Sahara

On February 28, the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguia el-Hamra y de Río de Oro (POLISARIO) destroyed 1,506 anti-personnel mines in stockpiles. Stockpile destruction is internationally recognized as one of the pillars of mine action, hence the importance of this date for mine action in Western Sahara. The stockpile destruction which took place in Tifariti (Western Sahara, east of the berm) is the fourth undertaken under the ‘Deed of Commitment Under Geneva Call for Adherence to a total ban on Anti-Personnel Mines and For Cooperation in Mine Action’.

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MINURSO celebrate World Aids Day and the International Volunteer Day
On 2 December 2010, MINURSO commemorated World Aids Day and the International Volunteer Day with joint events to promote awareness about HIV/AIDS and volunteering in the United Nations.
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Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic. This milestone offers a moment to reflect -- and to renew our resolve.
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Medal Parade 5 March 2010

On 5 February 2010 the Secretary General's Special Representative for Western Sahara and Head of MINURSO, Mr. Hany Abdel Aziz, accompanied by the Force Commander, Major General Jiming Zhao, and the presence of all personnel of the HQ, in the mission’s parade ground, awarded a group of Military Observers from Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Malaysia and Pakistan with the UN Medal.

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