Tuesday, October 19

Western Sahara: 5 keys to understanding this forgotten conflict

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  • BBC World News


The conflict in Western Sahara has not been resolved for decades.

This territory of almost 270,000 square kilometers mainly of sand and sparsely populated is the subject of a territorial dispute that dates back to the 70s of the last century.

Located on the northwest coast of Africa, Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony that was annexed by Morocco in 1975.

In 1991, a truce negotiated by the UN ended 16 years of violence between Morocco and the Polisario Front, which defends the independence of this territory.

The Western Sahara is considered one of the great forgotten conflicts. However, this 2020 two events occurred that put it back on the table.


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