Release of Aminatou Haidar

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 17, 2009

I was pleased to hear of the government of Morocco’s decision to re-admit Aminatou Haidar – a Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Prize recipient – on humanitarian grounds following her month-long hunger strike in Spain. This humanitarian gesture is reflective of the true spirit and generosity of the Moroccan government and people, and underscores the urgency of finding a permanent solution to the Western Sahara conflict. I join United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in calling for a fifth round of formal UN – sponsored Manhasset talks at the earliest possible date. I also want to express our strong support for personal envoy Christopher Ross and his efforts to find a solution

PRN: 2009/1302