Deep Talks: Western Sahara

Europe’s role in Western Sahara-conflict

Parwin Mirrahimy

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Western Sahara lies between the Atlantic Ocean, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania. Originally a Spanish colony, the area did not become independent during the decolonization wave of the second half of the twentieth century. Instead, it was annexed by Morocco. This led to an armed conflict between Morocco and the Polisario, the ‘rebel’ movement active in Western Sahara.

A ceasefire was signed in 1991, but to date no solution has been found for the status of the area. Morocco sees it as a ‘rebellious’ province, the Polisario wants autonomy. How can this conflict be solved? And what’s the role of the European Union?

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