Latest Western Sahara talks yield no breakthrough
A fourth round of UN-mediated negotiations over the future status of disputed Western Sahara ended in stalemate on Tuesday (March 18th). Morocco and the Polisario Front produced no definite results, although they agreed to continue the talks at a later date, UN special envoy for Western Sahara Peter Van Walsum told the press. One of Walsum's confidence-building measures was to propose the establishment of overland visits for separated families in addition to the existing air programme. The two parties reportedly agreed to explore the idea.
Western Sahara's status has been disputed for more than 30 years. Morocco wants autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty for the phosphate-rich territory. The Polisario Front wants to hold a referendum that includes the option of full independence.
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