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Morocco - UN : Western Sahara independence is unattainable
The personal envoy of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara, Peter van Walsum, is of the view that the idea of the Wester n Sahara independence is not realistic and that the Polisario Front should stop ca lling for it, the Moroccan press reported Friday.

The personal envoy of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara, Peter van Walsum, is of the view that the idea of the Western Sahara independence is not realistic and that the Polisario Front should stop calling for it, the Moroccan press reported Friday.

"I felt the need to reiterate this conclusion that Western Sahara independence is not a goal that can be attained," he declared.

Morocco and the Polisario Front had concluded last March in Manhasset, near New York in the US, a fourth round of negotiations on the future of the territory without making notable progress.

Morocco has occupied Western Sahara since 1975, a former Spanish colony whose independence the Polisario Front is pressing for.

The Polisario Front is favourable to the organisation of a self-determination referendum under the aegis of the UN to enable the Western Sahara people to choose between autonomy and their country’s unification with Morocco.

On its side, Morocco has rejected any idea of independence and proposes autonomy under its sovereignty.


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