Muna2014

Next MUNA conference:
February 6, 7 & 8, 2019
Issues

The question of stopping the territorial dispute in Western Sahara between the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Morocco

Issue in GA 4: Special Political and Decolonization

When Spain left its former colony, the Western Sahara, one of the most sparsely populated areas in Africa, it was immediately annexed by Morocco (1975). This created a conflict between the indigenous Saharawi people and Morocco. The Saharawi people formed the Polisario Front and started a guerilla war against the Moroccan forces, which lasted over 16 years. The United Nations intervened and a truce was arranged between the two parties (1991). The United Nations promised to hold a referendum on independence, which still has to take place. A strip of mines and fortifications divides the part controlled by the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Morocco. This dispute has been affecting the local people of the Western Sahara for far too long and has to come to an end.

 

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