UN chief calls for de-escalation of Western Sahara hostility

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The situation in Western Sahara has “significantly deteriorated” over the past year, the UN Secretary-General has said, citing the resumption of hostilities between Morocco and the Polisario independence movement in the disputed territory. Morocco views Western Sahara as an integral part of its territory, but the Polisario — recognised internationally as the representative of the Sahrawi people — has long sought independence. The “resumption of hostilities between Morocco and Frente Polisario is a major setback toward the achievement of a political solution,” Antonio Guterres said in a repo…

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