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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-03 11:44 PM
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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.


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.

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