Mohamed Abdulaziz, that leader of the Polisario Front, the Algeria-backed group seeking independence for Western Sahara, on 6 November announced that the group will release 300 of the 600 prisoners it is holding in southwetsern Algeria. Abdulaziz said the release, expected on 7 November, was in response to a request from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, reported Reuters. International diplomats, who have been pressing for a final settlement on the Western Sahara issue, have welcomed the announcement.