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Ready for direct talks

The UN Security Council Monday adopted a resolution that asks Morocco and Polisario to enter into direct talks. Since the parties have already stated that they are willing to give negitiations a new, chance, we now see a new development in the story about the last colony on the African continent.
Published: 02.05 - 2007 09:13Printer version    
It is a long time since Morocco and the liberation movement Front Polisario has been so far apart in the dispute over the occupied Western Sahara. Morocco refuses to let go of its colony, and demands that Western Sahara in one way or the other is to be part of the kingdom.

Polisario, on the other hand, demands that international law and the already signed peace agreements be respected, and works to have the referendum implemented.

With this starting point, both Morocco and Polisario has now said willing to enter into direct negotiations, the first in several years.

Monday, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution that asks the parties to start such talks. Read the resolution here.

Hear interview with Polisario representatives Sidi Omar and Ahmed Bouchari here. Radio interview was aired at BBC May 1st.




Since 1975, three quarters of the territory of Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco. A majority of the population is still living in refugee camps in Algeria. Those who remained in their homeland are subjected to serious harassment from the Moroccan occupiers. For more than 40 years the Sahrawis have been waiting for the fullfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.

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