Family flights to Western Sahara resume, says UN refugee agency

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Families that had been separated for nearly forty years will be able to visit each other soon.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has arranged for Saharawi families to fly from Algeria and Mauritania to Western Sahara

Western Sahara, a former colony of Spain, is disputed between Morocco which claims it, and the Polisario Front which wants independence for the territory.

Dan McNorton is the UNHCR spokesperson explains why the flights were suspended.

"They were suspended due to some dispute between who should be a part of those flights, what the criteria should be and the eligibility of a number of people. Thankfully those obstacles have now been overcome and today we are able to announce the flights will begin again shortly."

Nearly 20,000 people have taken part in family visits since the programme began in 2004.

The family visit flights are organized under UNHCR's Confidence Building Measures programme.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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