King Mohammed VI is seeking US backing for Morocco’s claim to the disputed territory of Western Sahara where the Sahrawi people await a vote on independence. Suppressing this option for the Sahrawis could push younger generations to violence, further destabilizing North Africa.
Morocco has strengthened its hold on the contested – and resource-rich – Western Sahara. But efforts to maintain the status quo could renew unrest, adding to the current instability across North Africa.
Violence on the North Africa coast comes as Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front begin informal talks at the United Nations in New York over the disputed Western Sahara.
11/09/2010 03:52 pm
Human rights activist Aminatou Haidar, dubbed 'Gandhi' for her efforts to win Western Sahara's independence, launched a hunger strike after Morocco deported her this weekend.
11/17/2009 12:00 am