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                 SG/SM/8840
    AFR/693
    3 September 2003

    SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES RELEASE OF
    WAR PRISONERS BY FRENTE POLISARIO

    NEW YORK, 2 September (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 1 September:

    The Secretary-General welcomes the release by the Frente Polisario of  243 prisoners of war who were repatriated today to the Kingdom of Morocco by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

    The Secretary-General expresses the hope that the Frente Polisario will release all remaining prisoners, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions and in compliance with international humanitarian law.  He also urges the parties to continue to cooperate with the ICRC to resolve the fate of all those unaccounted for since the beginning of the conflict.

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