Project Syndicate - Decolonizing Western Sahara
by Emhamed Khadad
BIR LEHLU, WESTERN SAHARA – When Western Sahara was annexed by Morocco in 1975, it had been under Spanish control for nearly a century. But Spain’s grip on the territory had weakened in the dying days of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship. And rather than allowing a process of decolonization, Spain signed the tripartite “Madrid Accords” with Morocco and Mauritania, both of which subsequently moved in to annex the territory. Mauritania relinquished its claim in 1979, but Morocco never left.
by Ahmed Boukhari
Another generation cannot "grow old as refugees": The UN must "assume its full responsibility" for advancing resolution of the conflict between the Saharawi people and Morocco over Western Sahara.