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03 Nov 2016 description

Western Sahara settlement elusive 25 years after ceasefire as younger generation demands solution to dispute

  • Western Sahara settlement elusive 25 years after ceasefire

  • Younger generation demands solution to dispute

  • Earth wall divides territory controlled by Morocco, Polisario

  • Rival forces only 200 metres apart at one point

  • U.N. peacekeepers keep troops apart but diplomats struggle

23 Apr 2012 description

23 Apr 2012 05:00

  • U.N. council to vote on draft resolution on Tuesday

  • U.N. accused of softening criticism of Morocco in report

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, April 23 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council has reached a deal on a draft resolution to renew the mandate of the peacekeeping force in the disputed territory of Western Sahara this week, envoys said, but the Polisario Front independence movement and South Africa are disappointed.

02 Oct 2011 description

01 Oct 2011 12:32 Source: Reuters // Reuters

By Souhail Karam

DAKHLA, Western Sahara, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Moroccan security forces deployed in the city of Dakhla in the disputed territory of Western Sahara this week after an outburst of violence that pitted members of the indigenous Sahrawi population against their Moroccan neighbours.

Moroccan officials said 7 people were killed after rival groups of supporters clashed following a soccer match last Sunday, and local criminals then joined in the violence.

15 Nov 2010 description

15 Nov 2010 17:55:00 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Independence group threatens to reconsider peace talks

* Polisario says U.N. failed to protect Sahara's people

By Patrick Worsnip

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Western Sahara's independence movement on Monday demanded a U.N. probe of recent clashes in the territory and threatened to reconsider its role in peace talks with Morocco unless they brought quick results.

The demands came in a letter from the Polisario Front's U.N.

09 Nov 2010 description

09 Nov 2010 18:19:58 GMT

Source: Reuters

* EU says worried by violence, calls for restraint

* Residents say heavy police presence, no new violence

* Western Sahara is Africa's longest territorial dispute

(Updates with new death toll in 4-5th paragraphs)

By Lamine Ghanmi

RABAT, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Moroccan security forces were deployed in large numbers in Western Sahara on Tuesday, residents said, after deadly clashes put the dispute over the Moroccan-controlled territory under international scrutiny.

Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony which was annexed by …

08 Nov 2010 description

08 Nov 2010 23:23:51 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Morocco says four policemen, firefighter stabbed to death

* Independence campaigners allege one protester killed

* Western Sahara theatre of Africa's longest territorial row

* United Nations says clashes sour peace talks

(Updates with Morocco saying two more police dead)

By Lamine Ghanmi

RABAT, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Clashes between security forces and protesters in Western Sahara killed several people on Monday after Moroccan authorities stormed the site of the disputed territory's biggest anti-government protest in …

07 Nov 2010 description

07 Nov 2010 15:50:00 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Western Sahara is scene of 35-year-old territorial dispute

* Fresh UN-brokered talks scheduled near New York this week

* Tent camp is biggest protest in decades

By Lamine Ghanmi

AKDIM IZIK, Western Sahara, Nov 7 (Reuters) - In the protest camp where 86-year-old Omar Harwache and his family have set up a makeshift home, the rows of khaki-coloured tents flapping in the wind stretch as far as the horizon.

07 Nov 2010 description

07 Nov 2010 15:50:53 GMT

Source: Reuters

Nov 7 (Reuters) - Here are some key facts on the dispute over Western Sahara, a tract of desert the size of Britain.


-- Western Sahara, a sparsely-populated former Spanish colony, was annexed in 1975 by Morocco.

-- The Polisario Front waged a guerrilla war for Western Sahara's independence until the United Nations brokered a ceasefire in 1991. The truce included the promise of a referendum, but that has not happened because of disagreements over how it should be carried out.

18 Oct 2010 description

18 Oct 2010 18:24:30 GMT

Source: Reuters

ALGIERS, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Western Sahara's Polisario independence group sought U.N. protection from alleged Moroccan repression as a U.N.

17 Dec 2009 description

Dec 17 (Reuters) - Campaigner Aminatou Haidar's hunger strike at a Spanish airport drew attention to Western Sahara's fight for independence from Morocco.

Western Sahara, a tract of desert the size of Britain, has been disputed since colonial power Spain left in 1975 and Morocco annexed it. Here are some details about the conflict.


- Following the Moroccan annexation, the Polisario Front waged a guerrilla war until the United Nations brokered a ceasefire in 1991.

12 Aug 2009 description

Aug 12 (Reuters) - Morocco and the Polisario Western Sahara independence movement said on Wednesday they hoped talks to resolve their dispute would continue this year.

Western Sahara, a tract of desert the size of Britain, has been the scene of Africa's longest-running territorial dispute since colonial power Spain left in 1975 and Morocco annexed it.

Here are some details about the dispute:


-- Morocco seized Western Sahara after Spain gave up administering the territory in 1975 and Mauritania abandoned its claim to part of it.

13 Apr 2009 description

UNITED NATIONS, April 13 (Reuters) - Western Sahara's independence movement rejected on Monday a Moroccan charge that it had violated a ceasefire with a demonstration last week, saying the protest was peaceful.

Morocco had blamed Algeria for what it called a "serious and blatant" violation by the Polisario Front movement on Friday of an 18-year-long cease-fire in the disputed Northwest African territory and urged the United Nations to intervene.

Some 1,400 supporters of the Algeria-backed Polisario, including foreigners, crossed the border from Algeria into a closed …

18 Mar 2008 description

By Claudia Parsons

UNITED NATIONS, March 18 (Reuters) - Morocco and Western Sahara's Polisario independence movement ended a fourth round of talks near New York City on Tuesday without narrowing differences on Africa's longest-running territorial dispute.

U.N. mediator Peter van Walsum said the sides had agreed to meet again at the same location in the town of Manhasset, New York, for further talks on the rival plans they offered last April on the territory's future.

Polisario's U.N. representative Ahmed Boukhari said there was no substantial progress.