By Bayram Altug
The first deliberations in six years to end the decades-long dispute in the Western Sahara region kicked off on Wednesday between regional countries mediated by the UN.
Former German President Horst Kohler,
The negotiations are being headed by the foreign ministers of Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and the Polisario Front, a separatist group that calls for the independence of Morocco’s Western Sahara region on the northwest coast of Africa
After years of conflict, in 1991 the two parties signed a UN-backed cease-fire.
The Polisario, meanwhile, has long called for a popular referendum in Western Sahara to decide the region’s political fate.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.