No Morocco-Polisario deal on Western Sahara talks

Morocco and the Polisario Front, an independence movement, have ended another round of talks in Malta without agreeing on how to proceed with talks on the future of Western Sahara.

Martin Nesirky

Martin Nesirky

The territory has been contested by the two parties since the end of Spain’s colonial rule in 1976 and Morocco, which controls a large part of Western Sahara, has presented a plan for autonomy for the territory.

For its part, the Polisario Front insists that the final status of Western Sahara should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option.

The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Christopher Ross, read a communiqué at the end of the two-day meeting in Malta.

UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky has more.

“He said that each party continued to reject the proposal of the other as a sole basis for future negotiations. He also said that for the next informal meeting the parties decided to tackle, a number of innovative approaches, including measures of conciliation and the avoidance of any sort of provocation that could have a negative impact on the negotiating process. They will also tackle additional topics for discussion, including natural resources, and demining.”

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