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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 12:44 AM
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Morocco wants no imposed solution on Western Sahara
Just found this. Morocco has been stalling for a long
time, and wants to continue. Phosphate and oil IIRC. It's
interesting that James Baker has his finger in this pie.


RABAT, July 16 - Morocco rejected on Wednesday any
attempt to impose a solution to its long-running dispute
with Polisario independence rebels over the fate of the
northwest African desert territory of Western Sahara.

A U.N. plan would give the sparsely populated but mineral rich
area seized by Morocco in 1975 immediate self-government and
schedule a referendum within five years for residents to choose
between independence, integration with Morocco or semi-autonomy.
''Morocco's position is clear: we refuse that any decision
pertaining to the sovereignty of the kingdom be imposed on us,''
Foreign Minister Mohamed Benaissa said in comments carried by the
official MAP news agency.

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The Polisario's endorsement of the Baker plan last week was a
major shift in the stance of the Algerian-backed movement which
fought a guerrilla war with Morocco over the former Spanish colony for
15 years until a U.N. ceasefire in 1991.

MSNBC(reuters)
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